Local unions of Ohio in the Ohio Kentucky Administrative District Council will require contractors or other employers of their members to file an Employer’s Bond to Secure Wages and Payments to Local Union Funds (herein referred to as the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ Wage and Welfare Bond). The bond is conditioned to compensate the union members for their work or contribute to fringe benefit funds should the contractor fail to do so.
The Ohio Kentucky Administrative District Council is part of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, which was established to protect bricklayers, cement masons, stonemasons, marble masons, tile setters, plasterers, mosaic and terrazzo workers, caulkers, pointers, and cleaners. Jet Insurance Company offers the bond to assure the International Union, along with its regional councils and local unions, that their members’ way of life and safety is preserved.
With Jet, the bond starts at $250, but will vary depending on a personal credit check and the amount required for the bond. Below, you will find examples of rates available for an applicant in good credit standing at different bonding amounts.
As seen in the chart, there are different bonding limits available. The amount that is required is stated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The first step in the bond process is applying, and Jet makes it super easy! Our online application will walk you through adding in the necessary information. Part of this includes a soft credit check, so the social security number of the contractor/employer is required. For bond limits that are under $10,000, a rate will be available for purchase as soon as the application is done. For limits over $10,000, your application will undergo a quick review by a Jet underwriter. After a quick review, your quote will be sent to you via email and can be purchased right away.
During check out, you can choose to have the bond mailed to you or you can leave it to Jet to file for you (free of charge). We will prepare the bond form and send it to the union whose jurisdiction you fall under. If mailing the bond yourself, you can find the address of local unions below.
|Local 3 – Toledo, OH*||Northwest Ohio Administrators|
PO Box 1330
Holland, OH 43528
|Local 5 – Cleveland, OH||6200 Rockside Woods Blvd N, Suite 210|
Independence, OH 44131
|Local 6 – Canton, OH||618 High Ave NW, Room #11|
Canton, OH 44703
|Local 7OH – Akron, OH||908 1/2 North Main St|
Akron, OH 44310
|Local 7KY – Ashland, KY||134 16th St|
Ashland, KY 41101
|Local 8 – Youngstown, OH||5211 Mahoning Ave, Suite 270|
Austintown, OH 44515
|Local 9 – Bellaire, OH||517 Broadway St, Suite 400|
East Liverpool, OH 43920
|Local 10 – East Liverpool, OH||517 Broadway St, Suite 400|
East Liverpool, OH 43920
|Local 16 – Mentor, OH||9437 Hamilton Dr|
Mentor, OH 44060
|Local 18 – Cincinnati, OH/Lexington, KY||1550 Chase Ave|
Cincinnati, OH 45223
|Local 22 – Dayton, OH||3366 Successful Way|
Dayton, OH 45414
|Local 36 – Cleveland, OH||980 Keynote Circle|
Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 44131
|Local 39 – Portsmouth, OH||1403 4th St |
West Portsmouth, OH 45663
|Local 40 – Mansfield, OH||67 South Walnut St|
Mansfield, OH 44902
|Local 44 – Nashport, OH||5805 Frazeysburg Rd|
Nashport, OH 43830
|Local 45 – Chillicothe, OH||317 Main St|
Chillicothe, OH 45601
|Local 46 – Fremont, OH||1310 Siler St|
Fremont, OH 43420
|Local 52 – Athens, OH||5989 Radford Rd|
Athens, OH 45701
|Local 55 – Columbus, OH||3005 Lamb Ave|
Columbus, OH 43219
*Local 3’s fringe benefit funds are managed by the Northwest Ohio Administrators, Inc
When your term is ending, Jet will send you a mailed and emailed notice to renew your bond. You must hold an active bond while you have unionized bricklayers or other union members under your employment. When you receive the renewal notice, simply fill it out to pay for your new term.
If you don’t need the bond anymore, you can request cancellation. The union has a period of time before cancellation is complete, typically 30 or 60 days. After the bond is fully cancelled and Jet is released from liability, a refund may be issued for the time remaining on the bond.
At its core, the Wage and Welfare Bond is how a union guarantees that in the event an employer doesn’t contribute to the fringe benefit funds or pay bricklayers what they are owed, there is a backup plan to receive compensation. The exact obligations can be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that was put in place. If payments are late or missing, the fund’s trustee/administrator or bricklayer can seek payment from the bond. If they come to a reasonable conclusion that the employer will not alleviate the issue of the missing payment, a notice will be sent to the employer, the union, and to Jet within 14 days. It will name the nature of the claim and what amount will rectify the issue. If you receive a claim notice, try and alleviate the delayed or incomplete payment right away. Should the employer fail to fulfill payment within 10 days of the notice, formal action will be taken for restitution from the bond.
If action is taken on the bond, get in contact with Jet immediately. We must investigate the validity of the claim. If it is valid, we must pay the fund administrator or the bricklayer in the amount that was withheld by you. Doing so fulfills our obligation as a surety bond holder — to provide recompense to the injured party on your behalf. You are still liable for paying Jet back in the amount that was paid out.
Yes, a contractor who hires unionized workers from other industries may need a separate Wage and Welfare Bond to comply with the union’s bonding requirements. The details of the bond will be determined through the Collective Bargaining Agreement made with the union.
In addition, there are various city-, county-, and state-based bonds related to the construction industry. Check out Jet’s list of Ohio Construction Bonds, or give us a call if you are in need of another bond.