Changes to National Maintenance Agreement Now in Effect
January 11, 2012

On Jan. 1, 2012, a revised version of the National Maintenance Agreements (NMA) went into effect.  Established around 1971, the NMA is a national project labor agreement primarily used in industrial maintenance and renovation projects, such as in petro-chemical, utility, steel, and automotive plants. 

According to the website of the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC), a labor-management committee that administers the NMA, significant changes have been made, including:

  • Prior NMAPC approval is no longer required before a contractor or owner may implement a “4-10” work schedule;
  • “Me-too” provisions regarding wages, work hours, holiday, and travel and subsistence payments have been eliminated;
  • The manner by which second-shift and third-shift workers is paid has been modified;
  • All subcontracting work on an NMA job must now be performed under the terms of the NMA or an approved, compatible agreement;
  • Employers must now pay industry advancement or promotion funds approved by the NMAPC;
  • The union membership requirement for employees has been reduced to eight days from 30 days;
  • Jurisdictional dispute resolution process language has been changed to mirror the criteria set forth in The Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes;
  • Arbitration costs must now be borne by the losing party or parties; and
  • Failure to hold pre-job conferences may result in a $500 fine.

On the same date, changes to the National Power Generation Maintenance Agreement (NPGMA) also went into effect.

For more information from the NMAPC on the revised NMA and NPGMA, click hereTo download the revised NMA, click here.