Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Container Manufacturers Settle

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Container Manufacturers Settle

Article excerpt

The United Steelworkers' Container Industry Conference approved settlements with two major container manufacturers, American National Can Co. and Crown, Cork, and Seal Co. The 5-year collective bargaining agreements cover nearly 4,000 production and maintenance workers nationwide.

The pacts called for wage increases of 1 percent in 1995 and 1996, end quarterly cost-of-living adjustments (COLA's) equal to 1 cent an hour for each 0.3-point increase in the Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. COLA payments in the first 2 years will be rolled-in to the basic wage rates in the third year.

Negotiators made several changes in health care. At American National Can, they instituted a new managed health care plan, including substance abuse and psychiatric treatment programs, with participants' costs limited to $10 per office visit and nonparticipants' costs to 10 percent of medical expenses up to a maximum of $1,000 a year for single coverage and $2,000 a year for family coverage. Employees in areas where a managed health care program cannot be established would retain "first dollar coverage. …

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