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Tropicana negotiates child care.

Members of Local 173 of the Teamsters ratified a 3-year collective bargaining agreement with Tropicana Products, Inc. that provides child care assistance for the first time for the 1,700 workers at the company's plants in Bradenton and Fort Pierce, FL. Under terms of the pact, Tropicana would provide referral, follow-up, and educational services through Project Child Care.

The contract also called for general wage increases of 4 percent in the first year and 3 percent in the second and third years, and annual lump-sum bonuses equal to 1 percent of an employee's gross earnings. The hourly wage rates ranged from $8.70 to $13.45 before the first wage increase took effect.

The contract includes several changes in health care provisions. Active employees' weekly premiums for health insurance were increased from $2.25 to $3.25 over the term of the agreement for single coverage and from $4.50 to $6.50 for family coverage, while retirees' weekly premiums were increased to $15 and $30, from between $9 and $25. The annual deductible was boosted over the term by $50, to $150, for single coverage and by $150, to $450, for family coverage. A $3,000 maximum "out-of-pocket" expense limit was established for family coverage. Other changes included a $250,000 increase (to $750,000) in lifetime maximum medical benefits; a $200 increase, to $1,200, in lifetime maximum orthodontic benefits; a $5 increase in the vision benefit schedule; and increased reimbursement for generic drugs.

Negotiators agreed to several enhancements in other benefits. Life insurance coverage was increased by $5,000, to $20,000, for active employees and $1,000, to $8,500, for retirees. In addition, accidental death and dismemberment benefits were raised $10,000, to $40,000 and weekly disability benefits were boosted by $30-$60, to $230-$260. The pension plan was enhanced by adding survivors benefits for dependent children of deceased employees who were vested participants in the pension plan.
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Title Annotation:labor contract at Tropicana Products Inc.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:May 1, 1993
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