Electric Boat Division settlement.Local 571 of the Marine Draftsmen's Association (United Automobile Workers United Automobile Workers (UAW)
in full International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
U.S.-based industrial union representing automotive and other vehicular workers in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. ) and the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is a defense conglomerate formed by mergers and divestitures, and as of 2006 it is the sixth largest defense contractor in the world. The company has changed markedly in the post-Cold War era of defense consolidation. agreed to a 3-year contract, covering about 1,650 white-collar workers white-collar workers, broad occupational grouping of workers engaged in nonmanual labor; frequently contrasted with blue-collar (manual) employees. American in origin, the term has close analogues in other industrial countries. (draftsmen, designers, technicians, and engineers) in the company's Groton Groton (grŏt`ən), town (1990 pop. 45,144), New London co., SE Conn., including the borough of Groton and the village of West Mystic, on the Thames River opposite New London; settled c.1650, inc. 1705. , CT, shipyard. The shipyard is the prime contractor for the manufacture of nuclear submarines.
The contract calls for an immediate 4-percent wage increase and 3-percent increases in August of 1991 and 1992. The premium for groups leaders was increased 25 cents an hour (to 50 cents). A "universal design" premium was instituted for top designers who perform a variety of work, set at 25 cents in the first year, 40 cents in second year, and 55 cents in the third year. In addition, the time to reach the top of the wage progression scale was shortened short·en
v. short·ened, short·en·ing, short·ens
1. To make short or shorter.
2. , and the pay rates under the two-tier pay system were compressed.
Regarding health care, in exchange for improvements in medical coverage, employee weekly medical plan copayments were increased from $1 to $3 for single coverage and from $1.23 for married workers without children and $1.43 for married workers with children to $6 for family coverage. The health plan deductible That which may be taken away or subtracted. In taxation, an item that may be subtracted from gross income or adjusted gross income in determining taxable income (e.g., interest expenses, charitable contributions, certain taxes). was raised from $100 to $150 for single coverage and from $200 to $300 for family coverage. Lifetime major medical coverage was increased to $500,000 (previously, $200,000) effective in January 1991 and to $750,000 effective in January 1993, with restoration of $10,000 in benefits annually.
Other terms include a $2 increase (from $18) in the monthly pension rate for each year of credited service effective in September 1990 and a $4 increase effective in September 1992 for designers, and comparable $1 and $2 increases (from $18) for all other workers; a $30 increase (to $260) in weekly sickness SICKNESS. By sickness is understood any affection of the body which deprives it temporarily of the power to fulfill its usual functions.
2. Sickness is either such as affects the body generally, or only some parts of it. and accident benefits over the term of the contract; an $8,500 increase (to $33,500) in the maximum pay an employee can invest in the savings plan, with a "one-for-two" company match; and improvements in dental coverage.