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Bakery workers rewarded for perfect attendance.

Keebler Co. and the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers negotiated a 3-year contract for

3,500 cookie and >;cracker workers at six plants. The contract provided for wage increases totaling $1.45 an hour for production workers and $4.65 for skilled trades workers. According to the union, previous wage rates ranged from $11.97 to $14.55 an hour.

Benefit changes included a new program offering employees 1 day's pay for each 4 months of perfect attendance; a $10 increase in the weekly sickness and accident benefit, bringing the maximum to $160; and two $50 increases in the $700 monthly pension for future retire >;es with 25 years of service, or with age and service totaling 80.

The parties also agreed to further discussions on retraining employees to avoid their being displaced by technological changes in the industry.

The agreement runs to October 31, 1991. The plants are in Denver, CO; Atlanta and Macon, GA; Cincinnati, OH; Grand Rapids, mi; and Van Nuys, CA.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Feb 1, 1989
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