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First master pacts at Centel.

First master pacts at Centel

For the first time in their bargaining history, Centel Corp. and the two major unions that represent its 5,000 employees negotiated 3-year master contracts covering several issues affecting employees of the Chicago, IL-based telecommunications company.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers bargained for between 2,500 and 3,000 workers, and the Communications Workers of America negotiated on behalf of nearly 2,500 workers.

The master contracts, which do not cover wages, vacations, or holidays, call for several changes in health care and pension benefits that include introducing a managed-care health plan; retaining the employees' 15 percent copayment for health costs, which averted a planned increase for 1992; and enhanced pension benefits, including full benefits for employees 60 or older with at least 30 years of service, and improved benefits for employees between the age of 55 and 60 or with fewer than 30 years of service.

Other terms include an 18-month trial period during which employees would receive up to 5 consecutive days of full pay for absences for any reason; an 18-month trial period for a uniform corporate-wide attendance policy; an 18-month trial period during which employees would receive accident and sickness benefits that provide up to 80 percent of pay for 39 weeks and 50 percent for an additional 13 weeks for absences due to covered disabilities exceeding 5 scheduled work days; light duty for up to 6 months for employees who are temporarily disabled; and enhanced relocation allowances (up to $10,000 for homeowners and $5,000 for renters) and new job-bidding procedures that allow employees to transfer between regions.
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Author:Cimini, Michael H.; Behrmann, Susan L.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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