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Farm workers settle.

Farm workers settle

Some 3,000 farm workers in southern and central California and in the Yuma, Az, area ended an 18-day job action against Bud Co. of California, a division of Dole Foods. The dispute centered on the company's proposal to reduce wages and benefits for about 8,000 seasonal employees, half of whom are actually employed on any given day. According to Teamsters Local 890, Bud's proposal would have required each employee to work a minimum of 1,250 hours a year to be eligible for any benefits and, in addition, at least 90 hours a month to be eligible for paid vacations and holidays. The union claimed this "double eligibility standard" would exclude about half of the Bud employees because they do not work for Bud year round. The company had also proposed that wage increases be held to 8 cents per hour over 3 years, and that daily overtime begin after 9 hours worked instead of the current 8 hours.

Under the 3-year accord, reached with the assistance of a Federal mediator, benefit eligibility was preserved and the company pledged to substantially increase work opportunity for its employees. The contract also called for wage increases of 8 cents an hour over the term for lettuce workers, except those in California's Imperial Valley and in the Yuma, Az, area, where the rates were cut 60 cents an hour, to $6.60. Wage rates for all other field workers were maintained at $7.20 per hour. The agreement also covered about 350 mechanics and drivers, who received wage boosts totaling 40 cents and 18 cents an hour, respectively.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations; International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Bud Co. of California, contract
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Article Type:column
Date:Feb 1, 1990
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