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Hourly pay in foundries rise 1.5% in 1992, according to new AFS survey.

Foundry pay rose about 1.5% in 1992, according to the latest AFS Foundry Industry Wages and Benefits Survey Report.

Individual job classifications showed changes from a negative 3.6% to a positive 23.3%.

AFS annually conducts the survey on wages and benefits in the metalcasting industry. The 1993 survey, which has just been published, covers 28 job classifications. The report provides average hourly earnings, the lowest and highest rates paid, first-and third-quartile figures, and the median pay rate for each of the 28 classifications.

The study reports these figures on a national basis for the 536 U.S. foundries that submitted data and gives figures for 36 geographic areas across the country. Results also are provided for Canada as a whole and three areas of the country.

Other data includes such benefits as holidays, vacations, pensions, health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance and other selected benefits. Average absenteeism rates, which rose by 0.2% in 1992, are reported in the study.

Average hourly earnings increased 39 cents an hour in union foundries while falling by 9 cents in union-free foundries, according to the study. Hourly earnings rose 21 cents in nonferrous shops, 19 cents in steel shops and only 12 cents in iron operations.

Survey results indicate the three most important factors determining whether a foundry will have a high average earnings number or a lower one are:

* union status

* a location

* size

Type of metal poured was not a factor.

Nonferrous foundries showed lower pay rates than ferrous shops, but this is due to size and union status. More nonferrous shops are small and union-free than are ferrous operations.

The difference in average pay varies by only 19 cents an hour from nonferrous foundries to iron operations. However, the difference between union shops and union-free plants is $1.14 an hour. The accompanying chart shows a difference of $3.19 per hour between the smallest foundries and the largest ones.

The results for the 36 areas indicate a low rate of $6.35 an hour in North and South Carolina to a high of $16.17 an hour in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa - a difference of almost $10.

A copy of the study may be ordered by contacting the AFS Customer Service Dept., 505 State St., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-8399; 800/5374237; 708/824-0181; and fax 708/824-7848. The price is $200 for AFS personal members, $100 for corporate members and $300 list.
 Foundry Size Number of Total Number of Average
 by Numbers of Foundries Employees in Hourly
 Employees that Reported Reporting Foundries Earnings

 1-20 140 1634 9.48
 21-50 122 3992 9.58
 51-100 115 8487 9.89
 101-200 76 11,067 10.31
 201-500 62 19,610 10.36
 501-plus 19 18,703 12.67
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Title Annotation:Industry News: North America; American Foundrymen's Society
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Sep 1, 1993
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