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Pennsylvania Turnpike accord.

Pennsylvania Turnpike accord

A dispute that briefly raised the possibility of the first work stoppage in the 50-year history of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was resolved when the five-member turnpike commission voted 3-to-2 in favor of adding an agency shop provision to a new contract with the Teamsters union. In a separate vote, the commission unanimously approved other provisions of the new 3-year contract. Commission officials said the separate votes were taken to enable commissioners to register their positions on the agency shop provision without endangering the entire agreement.

Under the agency shop provision, which was similar to those adopted in a number of 1988 settlements for other Pennsylvania State workers, union-represented employees who do not join the union are required to pay fees equal to membership dues.

The settlement, which covered about 1,675 employees (including 253 "nonmembers"), provided for three annual 4-percent wage increases, with the first increase retroactive to the October 1, 1988, expiration date of the prior contract. The initial increase averaged 43 cents an hour, according to a commission official.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations; with Teamsters Union
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:May 1, 1989
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