Building A Partnership of Safety, Productivity, Quality and Strength
The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) negotiates and administers the National Maintenance Agreements, a series of collective bargaining agreements utilized by more than 1,800 industrial contractor companies who employ members of fourteen building trades international unions. Although there are 14 separate agreements, they are 99% similar.
The NMAPC was the first national labor management organization in the construction industry to become incorporated, and is based in the philosophy of tripartite cooperation between the customer, contractor and union craft personnel.
To date, the NMA program has accounted for more than $370 billion of work and more than 2 billion work-hours for the building trades and contractors.
The NMA program is administered under a system of tripartite governance and cooperation, with owners, contractors and building trades craft workers sharing equally in the responsibilities and rewards generated by the program.
Understanding the program's viability is equal only to the sum of its parts, careful consideration has been given over the years to ensure proper balance is maintained among the three participants.
The NMAPC recognizes and addresses the following common concerns of the partners in the program:
- Safety in all phases of work;
- No disruptions of the owner's work;
- Performance on schedule;
- Cost-effective and quality craftsmanship;
- Productivity flexibility;
- A trained and available workforce;
- Attainable work opportunities; and,
- A resolution process for job site issues.
By recognizing, addressing and delivering on these concerns, the National Maintenance Agreements program reflects a true partnership dedicated to providing the most effective tool for the performance of work in industrial construction maintenance.
Our Partners at TAUC
The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee and The Association of Union Constructors are legally separate entities, but share a long-standing close relationship.
TAUC's predecessor organization, the National Erectors Association, recognized union contractors were consistently losing repair and rehabilitation bids to non-union contractors. The union contractors' inability to control unwarranted work stoppages, stifling work practices, poor scheduling, material delays and featherbedding were ruining their competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The association took action in June 1970 to form an exploratory committee to review the feasibility of negotiating national agreements with several international building trades unions. This effort gave birth in 1971 to the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee.
Today, contractors who are signatory to the National Maintenance Agreements are also members of The Association of Union Constructors. This close relationship ensures NMA signatory contractors will have a unified voice and more momentum in achieving industry-wide goals.