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BNA REPORTS WAGES AND BENEFITS FOR FIRST-HALF 1992

 BNA REPORTS WAGES AND BENEFITS FOR FIRST-HALF 1992
 WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-industries median


first-year wage increase negotiated during the first six months of 1992 was 3.6 percent, down from 3.9 percent bargained during the same period of 1991. Second- and third-year median increases were 3.3 percent and 3.4 percent in settlements reached in first-half 1992, compared with 3.5 percent and 3.2 percent in first-half 1991 contracts.
 On a cents-per-hour basis, the all-industries median was 45 cents in first-half 1992 -- unchanged from first-half 1991. Second- and third-year hourly medians were 39.2 cents and 40.3 cents in agreements reported in the first six months of 1992, compared with 40 cents an hour in each the second and third years in first-half 1991.
 A geographic analysis showed that median increases ranged from 2.5 percent in New England to 4.1 percent in the Midwest. On cents-per-hour basis, medians ranged from 14 cents an hour in the New England area to 60 cents in the Midwest region.
 The manufacturing first-year median in contracts settled in first-half 1992 fell to 2.5 percent from 3.5 percent in the first six months of 1991. The non-manufacturing (excluding construction) first-year median increase in first-half 1992 was 4 percent, compared with 4.1 percent in first-half 1991.
 Lump-sum payment provisions were found in 10 percent of contracts reported in first-half 1992, down from 12 percent in first-half 1991 and a sharp decline from the 42 percent reported in first-quarter 1988 when these pay systems were first tabulated.
 The analysis was based on 388 collective bargaining agreements covering more than 568,000 workers reported in "Collective Bargaining Negotiations and Contracts" during the first six months of 1992.
 Employee benefit changes were detailed in 280, or 72 percent, of settlements reported January through June 1992. Most often mentioned was insurance -- 85 percent of contracts itemizing changes.
 Pension plans were altered in 49 percent of the 280 contracts itemizing benefit changes. In the 73 contracts increasing benefits, monthly payments by end of term were to average $23.11 per year of service. Increases in monthly benefits over term were to average $3.11 per year's service under 78 contracts specifying pension amounts.
 Substance abuse provisions appearing in this year's first half included establishment of committees to create and implement drug abuse policies, employee assistance programs offering prevention and intervention services, expanded random testing language and paid time off for required drug or alcohol tests. Family related provisions addressed such issues as child or elder care leave, time off to care for an ill family member, maternity or paternity time off, well-baby care and pre-tax dependent care spending accounts.
 Contract reports analyzed appeared in the Table of Current Contract Settlements in CBNC, a specialized information service published in Washington by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Contract reports weight increases equally and cover 50 or more workers. Holidays, vacations and other such bonuses were not included in the analysis. Public sector settlements also were excluded.
 Information from CBNC's collective bargaining database is available. In addition to compilations of wage and benefit terms in contract settlements, the databank includes a bibliography of more than 4,000 contracts and analyses of patterns in a sample of 400 agreements. Reports customized to meet individual requirements can be prepared for a fee within 24 hours by calling BNA PLUS toll-free at 800-452-7773 nationwide or 202-452-4323 in Washington.
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 /CONTACT: Emily Pilk of the Bureau of National Affairs, 202-452-4985/ CO: Bureau of National Affairs ST: District of Columbia IN: PUB SU: ECO


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