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Honeywell consolidates seniority groups.

Honeywell consolidates seniority groups

In Minneapolis, MN, 6,300 emplyees of Honeywell Inc.'s electronic products plant were covered by a 2-year contract negotiated by Local 1145 of the Teamsters union. The accord provided for a single pay increase, 4 percent effective immediately. Initially, Honeywell had proposed a 3-year wage freeze.

Another major issue was resolved when the parties agreed to increase the employees' share of monthly hospital-medical -surgical insurance premiums to $13.25, from $9.25, for single workers and to $26.50, from $18.50, for married workers. The plan will continue to cover all fees and charges (the company withdrew its proposal that employees pay up to $3,000 a year in coinsurance and deductibles).

The separate 4-year pension agreement raised the benefit rate for current employees to $25 a month, from $22, for each year of credited service. There also was a $1 increase in the rates for current retirees.

The other important contract change was consolidation of 42 separate seniority groups into one, which the company proposed to increase flexibility in work assignments. According to the union, employees in danger of layoff will also benefit because they will be able to bid on a much larger numbr of jobs, if they have teh required skills. Honeywell also agreed to pay guarantees of up to 1 year for employees who lose jobs or are bumped into lower paying jobs. The company guaranteed that employees will not be laid off as a result of production increases resulting from the new system.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1988
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