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General Motors-Electronics Workers.

General Motors Corp. and the Electronic Workers (IUE), the second largest union at the automaker, signed a new 3-year collective bargaining agreement, covering some 22,000 workers nationwide. (Most of the employees work at General Motors' component plants.) The pact mirrors, in several areas, the master contract recently signed by General Motors and the United Automobile Workers. (See Monthly Labor Review, January 1991, pp. 20-21.)

In addition to restricting layoffs to no more than 36 weeks for each worker over the term of the contract, the agreement provides laid-off workers with up to 36 weeks of supplemental unemployment benefits equal to 95 percent of their takehome pay. If jobs are not available after the 36 weeks, workers are guaranteed full pay and benefits during the remaining term of the contract if they still are on layoff status.

Other terms include a wage increase of 3 percent retroactive to September 17, 1990 (the average hourly rate under the prior contract was about $15), and performance bonuses in the second and third years equal to 3 percent of an employee's earnings in the preceding 12 months; an additional 30-cent-an-hour wage increase for skilled trade workers retroactive to September 17, 1990; an annual $600 Christmas bonus; establishment of a joint labor-management ergonomics program ; a revised attendance program, with progressive discipline for employees with unexcused absences exceeding 16 days in any 12-month period; a roll-in to wages of $1.68 in cost-of-living adjustment allowances earned under the prior agreement; cost-of-living adjustment allowances providing for "full protection against inflation"; a $20 minimum monthly pension rate for each year of credited service for current retirees, plus lump-sum payments of $630 in the second and third years; a $4.45 increase (up to a maximum of $31.45) in the monthly pension rate for each year of credited service for future retirees; a $300 increase (to $1,800) in monthly early retirement benefits (for employees age 55, with at least 30 years of service); enhanced insurance benefits; a revised profit-sharing plan; an increase in holidays, from 44 to 46 over the term of the contract; and an expanded employee health and safety training program.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Feb 1, 1991
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