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Container manufacturers settle.

The United Steelworkers' Container Industry Conference approved settlements with two major container manufacturers, American National Can Co. and Crown, Cork, and Seal Co. The 5-year collective bargaining agreements cover nearly 4,000 production and maintenance workers nationwide.

The pacts called for wage increases of 1 percent in 1995 and 1996, end quarterly cost-of-living adjustments (COLA's) equal to 1 cent an hour for each 0.3-point increase in the Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. COLA payments in the first 2 years will be rolled-in to the basic wage rates in the third year.

Negotiators made several changes in health care. At American National Can, they instituted a new managed health care plan, including substance abuse and psychiatric treatment programs, with participants' costs limited to $10 per office visit and nonparticipants' costs to 10 percent of medical expenses up to a maximum of $1,000 a year for single coverage and $2,000 a year for family coverage. Employees in areas where a managed health care program cannot be established would retain "first dollar coverage.

The contract continued the group health care plan at Crown, Cork, and Seal, but made some modifications. Negotiators added substance abuse and psychiatric treatment programs, increased the lifetime maximum on major medical benefits from $50,000 to $500,000, established annual maximum out-of-pocket expenses of $1,000 for individual coverage and $1,500 for family coverage, and raised the annual deductible from $50 to $100 per individual.

Other changes in benefits included a $3 increase in the monthly pension rate (to between $27.50 and $31.50 at American National Can end $28.50 and $32.50 at Crown, Cork, and Seal) per year of credited service, a $14,000 increase (to $40,000) in life insurance benefits, a $75 increase (to between $310 and $370 a week) in accident and sickness benefits, end a $3,500 increase (to $7,500) in accidental death and dismemberment benefits. The contract also established joint committees to study issues related to job security, productivity, end labor-management communications.
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Title Annotation:collective bargaining agreement with American National Can Co. and Crown, Cork, and Seal Co.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:May 1, 1993
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