Printer Friendly

DETROIT EDISON SETS DEADLINE

 DETROIT EDISON SETS DEADLINE
 DETROIT, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a continuation of the


stalemate which has existed in negotiations between Detroit Edison (NYSE: DTE) and Local 223 of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), negotiators for the company have informed the union that if a new agreement is not ratified by Aug. 2, 1992, the company intends to implement portions of its final offer.
 "The company has negotiated in good faith since bargaining began in mid-April," said Malcolm G. Dade, vice president, Human Resources, and a member of the company's bargaining committee.
 Dade said the company's final offer made June 1 was "fair and equitable" and would have maintained members of Local 223 among the best compensated in the industry.
 "We have met several times since then with state and federal mediators," Dade said. "There has been no progress.
 "The bottom line," said Dade, "is that employees represented by Local 223, who average approximately $40,000 plus overtime per year, had a final offer that provided significant wage and benefit improvements. At the same time, the offer better reflected practices of the company, the region and the industry and positioned Detroit Edison to operate in a more competitive and cost-efficient manner."
 Federal mediators have scheduled a meeting with both parties July 29.
 The company's 2,900 Detroit Edison employees represented by Local 223 include power plant and substation operators and maintenance workers, warehouse personnel and underground lines employees. They have been working without a contract since the expiration of the prior agreement June 1. The major unresolved issues include sharing health- care cost increases and revisions in overtime premiums.
 The company's final offer included a comprehensive health-care package and cost-sharing provisions currently in effect for all other Detroit Edison employees. The package encompasses hospitalization, prescription drugs, dental, vision and hearing-care coverage. The company proposed to pay the first 8 percent of future annual health-care cost increases. As with the company's other employees -- union and non- union alike -- Local 223 membership would pay any cost increase above 8 percent.
 "Escalating health-care costs are more than a corporate issue, they are a national issue affecting each and every one of us," said Dade. "The cap gives our employees greater incentive to keep costs in mind when making decisions as health-care consumers. As a result, we become partners in trying to stem the tide of spiraling health-care costs."
 While the parties are in basic agreement on wages, the final offer calls for the elimination of double time and one-half after the 18th consecutive hour worked and double time for the 12th through 16th hours worked. Both pay practices were part of the union's previous contract. The final offer retains double time pay for overtime worked on a second off day, which represents the majority of double time presently paid to Local 223 members.
 "A survey of 14 utilities in the Midwest and nationally with employees represented by UWUA indicated the company's final offer still would have provided a premium pay package for Local 223 members as good as or better than virtually all the other contracts surveyed," Dade said.
 All other union and non-union Detroit Edison employees eligible for overtime compensation are paid essentially in the same manner the company has proposed in its final offer.
 "Detroit Edison must move forward in its efforts to prepare for the increasingly competitive world it faces," Dade said. "The union left us no choice but to impose portions of our final offer and move on with the business of serving our customers."
 -0- 7/23/92
 /CONTACT: Lorie N. Kessler, 313-237-8807, or Scott L. Simons, 313-237-8808, both of Detroit Edison/
 (DTE) CO: The Detroit Edison Company; Utility Workers Union of America,
 Local 223 ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


ML -- DE018 -- 2509 07/23/92 12:11 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1992 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1992 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Jul 23, 1992
Words:632
Previous Article:MOBIL TORRANCE REFINERY RECEIVES FIRST PLACE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AWARD
Next Article:EXXON ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 1992 RESULTS
Topics:


Related Articles
DETROIT EDISON POWER PLANTS RECORD BEST-EVER AVAILABILITY
JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF UTILITY WORKERS LOCAL 223
DETROIT EDISON SETS 1992 PEAK DEMAND RECORD
DETROIT EDISON BURNS GREAT LAKES STEEL'S COKE-OVEN GAS
DETROIT EDISON SETS 1993 PEAK DEMAND RECORD
DETROIT EDISON SETS RECORD PEAK DEMAND
Detroit Edison and Local 223, UWUA, Agree to Contract Extension
DCR Upgrades the Detroit Edison Company to 'A-'.
DCR Rates Detroit Edison's $100 Million Issuance of Quarterly Income Debt Securities (QUIDS) 'BBB+'.
Detroit Edison Applauds MPSC Action, Governor Engler's Support for Electric Choice in Michigan.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters