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Negotiators for North American Rayon Corp. and Local 2207 of the United Textile Workers of American signed a 42-month collective bargaining agreement covering some 1,300 production, maintenance, and clerical workers in the company's Elizabethton, TN, plant. (North American, a rayon manufacturing company, is employee owned.)

Terms of the agreement call for wage increases of 30 cents an hour retroactive to April 1, 1991, 25 cents an hour on April 1, 1992, and 20 cents an hour on April 1, 1993. (At the expiration of the prior contract, the average hourly rate reportedly was $6.50.)

Other terms include the mandatory coverage of all workers under a unified health care plan effective in the third year of the contract (previously, employees were under two separate plans); the requirement that all employees pay 20-percent of the cost of health insurance coverage for dependents by the third year of the contract (previously, only employees hired after May 1988 had a 20-percent payment for coverage for dependents); modification of the profit-sharing plan to tie payments to the number of shares of stock an employee owns in the company (previously, equal amounts were distributed to each employee); expansion of bereavement leave to cover the death of a grandparent or grandchild; and language allowing management to require an employee to work up to 2 hours after the end of the employee's normal shift, and to require a maintenance craftworker to assist another worker for up to 4 hours per shift.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations; North American Rayon Corp.
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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