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Maritime preserves health benefits.

Maritime preserves health benefits The American Maritime Association and the Seafarers International Union reached a 3-year agreement, covering some 9,000 unlicensed crew members (seamen) on tankers and dry cargo ships, that provides for wage increases and maintenance of health benefits. The American Maritime Association bargained for 26 deep-sea shipping companies, including Sea-Land Services, Puerto Rico Marine Management, Inc., and Maritime Overseas Corp.

The contracts calls for a general wage incrase of 5 percent retroactive to June 16, 1990, and similar 5-percent increases on June 16 of 1991 and 1992, with additional wage boosts if the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers rises more that 5 percent annually in either 1991 or 1992. (Rates under the prior contract reportedly were $2,175.79 a month for members of the engine department class 1, $1,924.41 for chief stewards, $1,924.40 for boatswains, $1,710.48 for chief cooks, and $1,136.32 for steward assistants.)

Other terms include maintaining the current level of health benefits without employee contributions, although the parties will meet each year to determine how the health plan will be "kept going"; a 10-percent increase in the differential for cleaning tanks or doing longshore type work; and the addition of a tenth holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

Unlike the previous contract, the new accord does not provide for any major cutbacks in manning levels aboard ship.

"Developments in Industrial Relations" is prepared by Michael H. Cimini of the Division of Developments in Labor-Management Relations, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is largely based on information from secondary sources.
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Title Annotation:Developments in industrial relations.; American Maritime Association-Seafarers International Union of North America contract
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Oct 1, 1990
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