Union moves to stop 'double breasting'.the Sheet Metal Workers union's executive council approved a plan to halt the spread of "double-breasted" contractors who operate both union and nonunion nonunion /non·union/ (non-un´yun) failure of the ends of a fractured bone to unite.
The failure of a fractured bone to heal normally. shops in the sheet metal and other parts of the construction industry. Under the plan, double-breasted contractors will be barred from participating in the union's 3-year-old program to aid unionized firms that are having difficulty competing with nonunion firms. The aid is in the form of cuts in wages and benefits and changes in work rules.
The new policy requires employers to sign an "integrity clause" before negotiating and receiving contract concessions, and defines a "bad faith employer" as one who operates or permits operation on a double-breasted basis. Sheet Metal Workers' President Edward J. Carlough Edward J. Carlough (April 10, 1932 – June 29, 1994) was an American labor leader and president of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association from 1970 to 1993.
Carlough was born in 1932 to Edward F. Carlough in New York City. said that to grant the concessionary contract provisions to employers who then hire nonunion employees would violate the very purpose of the program.
The Sheet Metal Workers also announced two actions to improve the financial conditions of its retirees. One action was the establishment of a cost-of-living adjustment cost-of-living adjustment
n. Abbr. COLA
An adjustment made in wages that corresponds with a change in the cost of living. (COLA) trust fund that will provide annual lump-sum payments to 14,000 retirees, supplementing their regular monthly pension payments. The payment will be financed by employers at the rate of 5 cents for each hour worked by active employees covered by the union's national pension plan. The annual lump-sum payment will equal 3 percent of the retiree's regular annual pension for each year of service, up to 15 years.
The other new program will reimburse re·im·burse
tr.v. re·im·bursed, re·im·burs·ing, re·im·burs·es
1. To repay (money spent); refund.
2. To pay back or compensate (another party) for money spent or losses incurred. retirees and their spouses for most of the deductible and coinsurance A provision of an insurance policy that provides that the insurance company and the insured will apportion between them any loss covered by the policy according to a fixed percentage of the value for which the property, or the person, is insured. costs not covered not covered Health care adjective Referring to a procedure, test or other health service to which a policy holder or insurance beneficiary is not entitled under the terms of the policy or payment system–eg, Medicare. Cf Covered. by Medicare Parts A and B. It will be financed by the union's national pension trust, with retirees contributing $13 a month if single, and $26 if married.