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Textile contract focuses on job security.

In a departure from their practice of negotiating 3-year contracts, the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers and a group of 15 cotton garment manufacturers settled for an 18-month term. Union president Jack Sheinkman said that the shorter term will enable workers to press for early resolution of job security problems resulting from "burgeoning imports." In fact, one of the features of the contract was establishment of a joint committee of officials to consider such issues. Also, according to a management official, the committee will address another important issue: how to counter the rise in health insurance costs for employees, retirees, and dependents in the face of the industry's declining profits and employment.

Other provisions of the contract included 6 weeks' unpaid maternity leave; joint safety and health committees in each plant; and joint committees to consider establishing child care facilities. The contract also provides for wage increases of 25 cents an hour, effective immediately, and 15 cents after 6 months. At the time of settlement, average pay was about $5.80 an hour.

The contract, which expires at the end of February 1990, was expected to set a pattern for 27,000 workers in settlements between the union and other manufacturers of cotton shirts, pants, and outerwear.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Nov 1, 1988
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