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J.P. Stevens settlement provides for job security.

In textile manufacturing, J.P. Stevens and Co. and the Clothing and Textile Workers negotiated a 3-year contract to succeed their 1983 contract. Prior to their initial settlement in 1980, the parties had engaged in 17 years of bitter controversy over the union's efforts to organize all Stevens plants in North Carolina, South Carolina, and other southern States.

The New 1985 contract covers about 3,500 workers at 9 plants in Roanoke Rapids and Wallace, NC. According to Bruce Raynor, the union's regional director, the union sought no increase in the average wage of $6.80 an hour because it was more interested in protecting job security. Raynor said the improved layoff recall procedures, severance pay, and training provisions provided by the accord were needed because "of the flood of imports destroying American textile jobs. . . ."

Earlier in the year, the parties had negotiated a 4.6-percent pay increase under a reopening provision of the 1983 contract. The provision, which was continued in the new contract, permits either party to reopen negotiations on wages and benefits at not less than 6-month intervals.
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Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Aug 1, 1985
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