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Arbitrator sets wage award for textile workers.

Following their earlier settlement on pensions and other matters (see Monthly Labor Review, October 1988, p. 46), the Bibb Co. and the Clothing and Textile Workers began unsuccessful wage negotiations that led them to resort to binding arbitration. Arbitrator Kenneth S. Brown ruled that the 2,500 union members employed in the company's Roanoke Rapids, NC, plants should receive a 4-percent wage increase, the amount the union had been seeking. Bibb had offered a 3.75-percent increase. The award also provides for employees to be paid at time and one-half rates for working Memorial Day. The union had sought double time and one-half, while Bibb had pressed for continuation of straight-time rates.

The pay changes resulted from a provision of the existing 3-year contract (which expires on March 31, 1991) permitting negotiations when nonunion textile companies raise wages.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Mar 1, 1989
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