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Dockworkers settle.

More than 9,000 dockworkers in California, Washington, and Oregon were covered by a 3-year accord between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union. The agreement increased the basic straight-time hourly rate for longshoremen by 80 cents on June 30, 1984, and 85 cents on June 29, 1985, and June 28, 1986, bringing it to $17.27. Although the three increases total $2.50, the total is actually $2.81 per hour worked because most West Coast longshoremen are paid 6 hours a day at the straight-time rate plus 2 hours overtime at time-and-a-half rates. Comparable pay increases were negotiated for longshoremen paid according to other systems, as well as for clerks and other occupations.

Maximum creditable pension service was increased to 33 years, from 30, for employees retiring on or after July 1, 1984, and their benefit calculation rate for each year was raised to $27 (from $26) on July 1, 1984, $28 on July 1, 1985, and $29 on July 1, 1986. Resulting maximum monthly pensions were $891, $924, and $957 on the three dates, compared with $780 under the prior contract. Pensions for employees who retired prior to July 1, 1984, also were increased by $1 a month for each year of service on each of the three dates, but there was no change in their maximum creditable service.

The employer obligation to the pay guarantee plan was increased to $59.7 million over the contract term, from $41.8 million under the previous contract. Maximum guarantees under the plan were increased to 38 hours' pay each week at the basic rate for regular employees and 28 hours' pay for others.
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Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Oct 1, 1984
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