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Master contract covers Sunshine Biscuit plants.

In the bakery industry, Sunshine Biscuits Inc. and the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers negotiated a second 2-year master contract for 1,700 workers at four plants. Prior to their first 2-year master contract, negotiated in 1983, the parties negotiated on a plant-by-plant basis.

The new contract, which was effective on October 1, provides for a 50-cent-an-hour general wage increase on April 1, 1986. There is no provision for a second-year wage increase but a $1,000 lump-sum payment will be made on October 1, 1986, to all employees who received 13 paychecks during the preceding 12 months.

In another wage provision, workers at the facilities in Sayreville, NJ, Columbus, GA, and Sante Fe Springs, CA, will also receive two 5-cent-an-hour wage increases to bring their rates closer to those at Oakland, CA, where current rates are $10.90 for general helpers and $11.57 for mixers.

Other provisions included a $50 a month increase in the normal pension benefit, which is now available when a worker's age plus years of service total 80 (previously, a worker had to have 25 years of service, regardless of age); a 2.5-cent-an-hour increase in the night shift premium; and increased health care benefits for retirees.
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Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Dec 1, 1985
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