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Grocery settlement.

The Greater St. Louis Employers Council and the Food and Commercial Workers agreed on a new 45-month contract covering 2,000 meat, deli, and seafood department workers employed at three area grocery chains in the St. Louis, MO, area. The three chains the Council bargained for were Schnucks Markets, National Supermarkets, and Dierbergs.

Wage rates for all job classifications were increased 10-12 percent over the term. All employees-head meatcutters, journeymen meatcutters, service journeymen, full-time wrappers, clean-up workers, and deli and seafood employees-received a 70-cent-per-hour increase retroactive to September 3, 1989, and will receive 25-cent-per-hour increases in September of 1990, 1991, and 1992. Part-time employees at the top rate of the wage progression schedule in the deli and seafood departments received wage increases of 40 cents per hour (to $6.90) in September 1990, and 35 cents in September 1991. In addition, the period to progress to the next wage level for part-timers was cut from 1,040 hours to 520.

The accord also called for improvements in the health and welfare plans. To maintain the level of health and welfare benefits for full-time workers, the companies agreed to increase their contributions to the plan by up to 5 percent on January 1, 1990, and up to 7 percent in August of 1990, 1991, and 1992. Benefit levels for part-timers were also preserved, with company contributions increasing 20 percent over the term. In addition, company contributions to the plan were increased $9.28 per month (to $164.73) per employee to fund early retirement benefits. Early retirement benefits were liberalized by decreasing the maximum penalty for early retirement from 60 percent to 20 percent of normal retirement benefits for employees who retire between ages 52 and 62.

The union defeated company attempts to continue lump-sum payments instead of granting wage increases. It also turned back company proposals to sell prepackaged meats. *
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Title Annotation:Greater St. Louis Employers Council, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union sign contract
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1990
Words:310
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