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West State - Metal Trades Council.

West State, Inc. and the Portland Metal Trades Council reached agreement on a new 3-year labor contract covering about 1,200 workers at the company's shipyard in Portland, OR, that ties wage adjustments to health care savings. West State, one of the major shipyards on the West Coast, repairs tankers, cruise ships, navy ships, and other vessels.

The agreement provides wage increases of 90 cents an hour retroactive to May 1991, 35 cents an hour in February 1992, and 25 cents an hour in November 1992 and August 1993. (At the expiration of the prior contract, journey men in the shipyard reportedly earned $13.50 an hour.) In addition, employees may become eligible for up to an additional 75-cent-an-hour increase in their base rates if the parties can decrease health care costs through the establishment of a joint health care cost committee.

Other terms include retention of a preferential hiring practice that, in some circumstances, allows West State to hire and lay off workers on the basis of skill and ability instead of seniority, and more flexible shift arrangements, including the option to work four 10hour days, three 12-hour days, or five 8-hour days.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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