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The Georgia Pacific Corp. and the Paperworkers International Union signed a 3-year collective bargaining agreement, covering some 1,100 workers at the company's plant in Crossett, AR. (Georgia Pacific is a major manufacturer of pulp and paper products.)

Terms of the agreement provide for wage increases of 2.5 percent on July 1 of 1991, 1992, and 1993. In addition, effective July 1, 1992, employees would receive 2-cent-an-hour increases in the second and third shift differentials (to 22 and 37 cents an hour).

Several changes were made in the health care plan. The deductible for major medical benefits was increased from $200 to $250 for single coverage and from $400 to $500 for family coverage; and the maximum for "out-of-pocket" expenses was raised from $1,250 to $1,500 for single coverage and from $2,500 to $3,000 for family coverage. Other cost containment measures included a $40 a month employee payment towards premiums for dependent care coverage; the elimination of the "carry-over" from year-to-year (covered expenses that partially met the deductible for the previous year that are carried over to meet the deductible for the current year); an employee copayment set at 20 percent of prescription drug costs (previously, a $3 copayment) after meeting the $50 deductible for single coverage or $100 deductible for family coverage; and 80 percent (previously, 100 percent) coverage for out-patient surgery.

Other terms included a $1,500 increase over the term of the contract (to $23,500) in life insurance benefits; a $15 increase over term (to $255) in weekly accident and sickness benefits; and a $2 increase over term (to $24) in the monthly pension rate for each year of credited service.
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Title Annotation:Developments in industrial relations
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Dec 1, 1991
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