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California supermarket settlement.

Negotiators for 11 locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Food Employers Council, Inc. averted a work stoppage with an agreement on a 3-year labor contract coveting approximately 40,000 grocery clerks at more than 550 supermarkets in northern California. The settlement was reached after a 40-hour bargaining session with a Federal mediator and representative of the Joint Labor-Management Committee of the Retail Food Industry.

The agreement calls for an hourly wage increase of 35 cents retroactive to March 1 for journey level clerks at urban area stores, with four additional 35-cent increases by November 1994; an increase of $1.40 an hour over the term of the contract for journey level clerks at rural area stores; and a wage increase of $1.75 an hour over the contract's term for head clerks, department heads, and managing clerks, with "proportional" increases for employees in lower classifications.

The hourly wage reportedly had been $14.08 for journey level clerks at urban area stores and $14.13 for those in rural areas.

Other terms include a guaranteed minimum of 20 hours of work per week for employees in all classifications except courtesy clerks; eligibility for health care coverage after 2 months' service for employees hired after July 1, 1992; an increase, to $2 million, in maximum lifetime major medical coverage; an increase, to $40,000, in death and accidental death and dismemberment benefits; retirement with full benefits at age 55 with 30 years of service; and increases in the monthly pension rate, from $36 to $40.92 per year for the first 10 years of credited service and from $48 to $54.54 per year for each year of credited service of more than 10 years.

Safeway Stores, Lucky Stores, Raley's, Albertson's, Save Mart, Cala Foods/QFI, and P&W Markets were among the employers that signed the agreement. Several small independent stores traditionally negotiate similar agreements that follow' the Food Employers Council's settlement.

LTV Aerospace Division accord

The Aerospace and Defense Division of LTV Corp. and Local 848 of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) reached a 5year agreement covering 5,000 production and maintenance workers in Dallas and Grand Prairie, TX.

The accord called for an immediate 5-percent wage increase; a 50-cent-an hour wage increase in 1993; 2-percent wage increases in 1994, 1995, and 1996; and a lump-sum performance award in 1992 equal to 4 percent of an employee's annual pay, with similar 3-percent payments in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.

Other terms included extending the nonunion employees' managed health care plan to UAW members, with an employee payment of $20 a week for dependent coverage; a random drug testing program; a successor clause that would require a new owner to adhere to the terms and conditions of the contract; establishing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday as the eighth company holiday; and shutting down the plants during the Christmas holiday period.

Settlement at Phillips Lighting Co.

Negotiators for the Phillips Lighting Co. and three unions signed 3-year collective bargaining agreements, covering about 2,500 employees at light-bulb manufacturing plants in seven States. The three unions that signed the contracts-the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Union of Electronics Workers, and the American Flint Glass Workers-conducted joint bargaining coordinated by the Industrial Union Department of the AF|-CIO.

Each of the accords called for annual wage increases of 2.5 percent, and conrained a cost-of-living adjustment (COt. A> clause with semiannual payments equal to 1 cent an hour for each O. 175 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, which is expected to generate an additional 60 cents an hour in COLA allowances over the term of the contract, according to the union. At the expiration of the previous contract, the average wage for the workers was $11.71.

Other terms included establishing employee contributions to health insurance premiums, set at $5 a month for individual coverage and $21.66 a month for family coverage, advancing after 18 months to $10 and $26.66; a $3 increase over the term of the contract, to between $21 and $26.50, in the monthly pension rate for each year of credited service; a $1 increase, to $9.25 per month, in the retirement supplement for each year of credited service; a $25 increase, to $300, in weekly short-term sickness and accident benefits; an increase in tuition aid, from $1,800 to $2,500 per year; and a $400 increase in life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment benefits, to a minimum of $33,000 and a maximum of $47,000.
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Title Annotation:United Food and Commercial Workers, Food Employers Council
Author:Cimini, Michael H.; Behrmann, Susan L.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jun 1, 1992
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