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Briggs & Stratton contract calls for raise.

Briggs & Stratton Corp., the world's largest manufacturer of small gasoline engines, and Local 232 of the Allied Industrial Workers negotiated a 3-year contract that will become effective when the existing contract expires August 1, 1989. Union officials contended that they were pressured into the unscheduled bargaining by company threats to move some jobs from the Milwaukee (WI) area. Gerald Zitzer, the company's director of employee relations, denied such threats were made, saying, "We just talked about our financial condition." Late in 1987, the company did move 200 jobs to a new plant in Juarez, Mexico, after the union refused to reopen the current agreement.

The new contract for the 8,200 employees provides for one wage increase of 2 percent, effective August 1, 1989. Other provisions include continuation of a profit-sharing plan and improvements in pension benefits and recall and transfer rights.
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Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Sep 1, 1988
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