Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Teamsters Settle at Gwaltney

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Teamsters Settle at Gwaltney

Article excerpt

Gwaltney of Smithfield and Local 822 of the Teamsters signed a 4-year collective bargaining agreement covering 1,800 production and maintenance employees and truck drivers at the company's plants in Smithfield and Portsmouth, VA. Gwaltney is a meatpacking company headquartered in Smithfield.

The settlement provided general wage increases of 25 cents an hour retroactive to February 5, 1993, 25 cents an hour in February 1994 and 1995, and 40 cents an hour in February 1996. In addition, the interplant driver job classification was upgraded and its base rate was raised from $7.56 to $9.51 an hour. At the expiration of the previous contract, hourly wage rates ranged from $6.76 to $8.38 for production workers and from $7.96 to $11.79 for maintenance workers.

Negotiators made several modifications in health and welfare benefits. They increased lifetime maximum medical benefits over the term of the contract from $25,000 to $100,000; disability benefits from $60 to $75 a week; the monthly pension rate for future service from $8 to $10 per year of credited service; and life insurance benefits from $12,000 to $14,000. …

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