Clarify contract language for better collective bargaining agreements, better payroll auditing

Posting by Ron Chandler, CPA

From time to time, we find that the collective bargaining agreements we audit are deficient as to defining or explaining specifically how, when or which hours or other methods of contribution are to be made for health and welfare and pension benefits.  Several years ago, we made some Local Unions aware of these deficiencies, and found that subsequent agreements had specific language clearing up any ambiguities from the prior contract.

Lesson learned:  Do not hesitate to recommend to a union that some contract language be changed if it is not clear.  It can only benefit the union members and possibly avoid problems or misunderstandings in the future.

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