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New contract for gas and electric workers.

New contract for gas and electric workers

Developments in Industrial Relations

About 13,000 operations and maintenance employees of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in Northern California were covered by a 3-year agreement negotiated by Local 1245 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Bargaining was continuing for 4,000 clerical employees represented by the same union. Another union, the Engineers and Scientists of California (an affiliate of the Marine Engineers). settled for 1,700 engineers, designers, and drafting employees.

The Electrical Workers' contract provided for 2.75-percent pay increases in January of 1988 and 1989, and for reopening wage bargaining in 1990.

In moves to control labor costs, the parties agreed to a 12.5-percent cut in starting pay rates for new employees, who will, however, continue to progress to the same top rates as other employees; to suspend certain work rules when the company is attempting to develop more efficient operating methods; and to study ways to broaden job duties to enable work crews to perform both gas and electric work.

The accord for the engineers, designers, and drafting employees provided for two 2.75-percent specified pay increases. Other terms included a reopening on wages and pensions in the third year; termination of an automatic cost-of-living pay adjustment provision (the Electrical Workers did not have such a provision); revision of the Blue Cross plan to include a substance abuse program and a requirement that employees use designated preferred organizations to be eligible for full payment of charges (employees using other service providers will be covered at 90 percent of the cost of usual, customary, and necessary care); and formation of committees to study cross-training of gas and electric personnel and ways to increase employees job satisfaction and productivity.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Mar 1, 1988
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