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Keebler settlement.

The Keebler Co., a major cookie and cracker manufacturer, and the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers signed a 3-year collective bargaining agreement, covering about 3,400 workers at six plants nationwide. (The plants are in Atlanta and Macon, GA; Grand Rapids, MI; Denver, CO; Cincinnati, OH; and Van Nuys, CA.)

Terms of the accord provide for wage increases of 50 cents an hour retroactive to November 1, 1991, 25 cents an hour on November 1, 1992, and May 1, 1993, 40 cents an hour on November 1, 1993, and 10 cents an hour on May 1, 1994. Maintenance workers would receive an additional 10-cent-an-hour wage increase in November 1991. (At the expiration of the prior agreement, the average hourly rate reportedly was $13.81.)

The contract also calls for replacing the indemnity health care plan with a comprehensive plan, effective January 1, 1992. Major features of the new plan include annual deductibles of $200 for single coverage and $400 for family coverage; an 80/20 employee copayment; an $1,000 maximum for "out-of-pocket" costs for single coverage and $3,000 for family coverage; and several improvements in coverage, including 100 percent reimbursement for dental examinations and cleanings, a $2,000 increase (to $2,500) in orthodontic coverage, and a $2,500 increase (to $7,500) in maximum lifetime dental expenses. Other terms include a $150 increase over the term of the contract (to $950) in the maximum monthly pension benefit for employees with 25 years of service; and an additional 2 percent a year in monthly pension benefits for all years of service in excess of 25 under the "golden 80" rule (age plus years of service must equal or exceed 80).
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Title Annotation:collective bargaining agreement
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Feb 1, 1992
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