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Masons’ union members end strike

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    Tile setters from the Masons Union picket in front of the Symphony Honolulu condo tower. Work was delayed at other sites as well
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Approximately 600 members of the title setters union are back on the job this morning ending a three-day strike, according to a union official.

Todd Saito, a business representative of the union, said a tentative agreement between the Masons Union Local 1 and Title Contractors Association of Hawaii was reached at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Terms of the agreement will be released following a ratification vote, Saito said.

When the strike started Saito said members were unable to obtain comparable contract terms reached by other trades more than a year ago.

The unionized tile setters stopped work Monday and picketed five major construction projects in Honolulu including an expansion of Ala Moana Center.

The Masons’ Union Local 1 called a strike to protest what it calls “unfair practices” by a local association of tile contractors.

In announcing the tentative agreement, Saito said: “We are proud of members of Local 1, Hawaii, IUBAC, who stood strong on this strike and stood up for what was right. This was not only demanding fairness for our members, but this strike also was to show this state that unions are strong and well in Hawaii. Our members look forward to now returning to their jobs, supporting families and making Hawaii a better place.”

According to 2014 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly and annual wage for tile and marble setters in Hawaii was $29.19 and $60,710, respectively. That was third highest among states following Massachusetts and New York, and compared with national figures of $21.23 and $44,160.

Besides Ala Moana Center, picket lines were established at the construction sites of the Waiea luxury condominium tower at Ward Village, the Symphony Honolulu condo tower in Kakaako, the Ritz-Carlton Residences condo-hotel in Waikiki and the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Waikiki.

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