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Shipyard settlement.

Todd Shipyards Corp. and the Puget Sound Metal Trades Council reached agreement on a new 3-year contract, covering some 2,400 workers in Seattle, WA, that restored wages to the level they had been before they were cut in 1982. The Council bargained for 10 unions at the shipyard: the Boilermakers, Carpenters, Electrical Workers (IBEW), Laborers, Machinists, Painters, Plumbers, Operating Engineers, Sheet Metal Workers, and Teamsters. Todd Shipyards has been under protection of a bankruptcy court since August 1987.

Under terms of the agreements, wage rates were raised 50 cents an hour on April 1 of 1990, 1991, and 1992, bringing the average rate to $14 an hour at the end of the contract term.

Strike replacements

In a potentially far-reaching case NLRB v. Curtin Matheson), the Supreme Court strengthened unions' power in labor disputes involving strikes and lockouts by making it harder for employers to oust a union when they hire strike replacements. By a 5-to-4 vote, the Court upheld the NLRB policy of not automatically presuming that replacement workers are antiunion for purposes of deciding whether the affected union still commands majority support of employees in the bargaining unit. (See "Significant decisions in labor cases," p. 47.)

The NLRB's policy on replacement workers has changed over the years. Until 1980, the NLRB's position was that the majority of replacement workers were presumably antiunion and could be counted on by employers to demonstrate that a union no longer represented the interest of the majority of workers in the bargaining unit. Because of several lower court reversals, NLRB, in 1980, assumed a no-presumption approach to replacement workers and made determinations on a case-by-case basis.
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Title Annotation:Developments in industrial relations; Todd Shipyards Corp. collective labor agreement
Author:Comini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jul 1, 1990
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