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Master contract at Blue Cross-Blue Shield.

Master contract at Blue Cross-Blue Shield

A 3-month stoppage involving Blue Cross-Blue Shield operations in various Michigan locations ended when four United Auto Workers local unions agreed to a 3-year master contract. In previous year, the locals had negotiated separate but essentially identical contracts for the 4,000 clerical employees.

The settlement provided for an immediate $1,500 lump-sum payment and a 3-percent pay increase in the second year and a 4-percent increase in the final year. All workers meeting jobs performance requirements will also receive 3-percent merit pay increases in each year.

The accord also put all workers under a single seniority system; allowed workers to file grievances over classification of their jobs; increased health benefit options; expanded the counselliong program to cover more than substance abuse: and expanded employee training in new technology.

The company, which continued to operate during the stoppage by assigning 2,000 supervisors and technicians to lenghthened work schedules, also agreed to rehire workers it had fired during the stoppage.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations; United Auto Workers contract
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Mar 1, 1988
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