Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Ohio Gas Utility Accord

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Ohio Gas Utility Accord

Article excerpt

Some 1,800 unionized employees at the East Ohio Gas Co. in northeastern Ohio are working under a new 3-year agreement that includes a productivity bonus and wage adjustments. The contract, negotiated by Local 555 of the National Gas Union (Service Employees International Union), covers the utility's physical and clerical workers, including meter readers, customer service representatives, construction workers, and office personnel.

Employees will receive an immediate $175 "productivity and efficiency" lump-sum payment and wage increases of 2.5 percent in the first year of the pact, 3 percent in the second year, and 3.25 percent in the third year. Under the previous contract, employees averaged between $16 and $17 an hour.

The settlement includes several changes in health care and retirement benefits. Terms eliminate a health maintenance organization plan and introduce an optional managed care health plan that provides full-dollar coverage except for an employee copayment of $10 for each doctor's office visit, compared with a 20-percent employee copayment for all covered services under the current indemnity plan. …

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