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Master contract at Nabisco.

Crediting the labor-management cooperative program begun in 1984 for making contract talks easier, negotiators for Nabisco Brands, Inc. and 13 locals of the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers settled on a new 3-year master contract, covering 7,100 workers at cookie and cracker plants in 11 States. The contract provides for wage and benefit increases for current employees and maintenance of health care benefits for both current and retired employees.

Terms call for a 20-cent wage increase retroactive to September 1, 1990, 20 cents on March 1, 1991, and 40 cents on September 1 of both 1991 and 1992. (The average hourly wage rate under the old contract was between $12 and $13.) Employer contributions to the pension fund will be increased by 12 cents an hour (previously, $15 a day) per employee on August 1, 1991, and an additional 13 cents an hour on August 1, 1992. In addition, the maximum monthly pension rate for employees at age 65 with 25 years of service will increase to $850 (previously, $750) over the term of the agreement.

As part of the settlement, the company's contributions to the health care plan will be increased by 76 cents an hour (previously, $350.12 a month) per current employee on November 1, 1990, 39 cents an hour on November 1, 1991, and 45 cents on November 1, 1992. The company also will increase its contributions to the fund by 15 cents an hour for each retiree. Additionally, the parties will establish a joint labor-management committee to restructure health care benefits to contain costs.
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Title Annotation:Developments in industrial relations; Nabisco Brands Inc.
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Dec 1, 1990
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