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Service Employees asks for study of VDT safety.

Employees concern over possible adverse physical effects from video display terminals was reflected in a settlement between Service Employees Local 105 and the Kaiser Permanente health care plan. The 3-year agreement for 650 clerical, technical, and service workers in the Denver, CO, are calls for Kaiser to study the issue and to "formulate a reasonable safety standard guide to be issued to supervisors and employees which could be discussed and shared with the union."

A provision in the settlement eliminated benefits for employees who work less than 24 hours a week. Charlene Rotola, Kaiser's director of labor relations, explained "we didn't really need benefits at that level to attract employees to part-time positions. We'd rather transfer the benefits to the full-time employees." The part-timers will receive an additional 40 cents an hour in lieu of benefits. Previously, employees who worked 20 to 23 hours a week received a prorated share of the benefits received by full-timers.

The agreement also provided for 4-, 4-, and 4.5-percent salary increases in the respective contract years, and elimination of a pay progression step after 6 months of service in favor of a new top step after 10 years of service. The previous top step was after 5 years of service.
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Title Annotation:in settlement with Kaiser Permanente
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jul 1, 1985
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