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Pattern followed in rubber.

The initial settlement in the 1991 bargaining round in the rubber industry was at Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. (See Monthly Labor Review, July 1991, pp. 36-37.) Later, the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. and the Rubber Workers signed a new 3-year master collective bargaining agreement, covering about 5,540 workers at four plants in Alabama, Indiana, and Wisconsin. The agreement, which generally followed the Bridgestone/Firestone settlement, provides for a $6.50 increase (to $30) in the monthly pension rate for each year of credited service, retention of the cost-of-living adjustment provision, and no wage increase.

Other terms include a one-time $200 lump-sum payment to current retirees; an increase from $17,000 to $23,000 in both life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment benefits; implementation of a health incentive program; a $25 increase (to $290) over the term of the contract in weekly accident and sickness benefits; a $50 increase in both the minimum (to $300) and maximum to $450) monthly "bridge" survivor income benefit (insurance benefits paid to the survivor of a deceased employee, payable until the survivor remarries, dies, reaches age 62, or obtains widow's/widower's benefits under the Federal Social Security Act); a 3-cent-an-hour increase in the company's contribution to the supplemental unemployment benefits fund; and several changes in the pension area, including a $1,300 increase (to $9,700) in the post-retirement earnings limitation; and a $1,250 increase (to $43,500) in the survivor's spouse death benefit.

Less than a week after the Uniroyal Goodrich settlement, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and the Rubber Workers reached agreement on a 3year master contract, covering some 12,500 workers at 10 plants in eight States. Like the Uniroyal Goodrich pact, the Goodyear accord basically followed the terms of the Bridgestone/Firestone settlement. (The Goodyear plants are in Lincoln, NE; Akron, Marysville, and St. Marys, OH; Gadsden, AL; Topeka, KS; Danville, VA; Madisonville, KY; Union City, TN; and Sun Prairie, WI.)
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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