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Graphics contract calls for rehiring strikers.

Graphics contract calls for rehiring strikers

One of the longest union-management disputes in U.S. history ended with a settlement between Arcata Graphics -- formerly the Kingsport Press -- and the Aluminum, Brick and Glass Workers. The dispute began in 1963, when the Kingsports Pres and five printing unions reached a bargaining impasse, leading to a work stoppage, the hiring of replacement workers, and the ouster of the unions as bargaining representatives in a 1967 election. (See Monthly Labor Review, October 1987, p. 49.) Key issues in the dispute were wages, vacations, equipment staffing, seniority, and subcontracting work to other companies.

Under the settlement, Arcata agreed to rehire 80 percent of the terminated employeed as permanent workers or as extras to be utilized during peak production periods.

Other terms of the 3-year contract included --

Lump-sum payments of $600 in the first year and $500 in the second year, and 2.5-percent pay increases in the second and third years.

Company-financed health, fire, and dental insurance.

Sicknesds and accident benefits up to $190 a week for up to 26 weeks.

A defined benefit pension plan, with participants receiving past service credits.

Ten paid holidays.

A reduction in the paid-vacation requirement to 1,400 hours worked in a year.

A 10-cent-an-hour increase in the shift differentials.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Mar 1, 1988
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