Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Cotton Garment Settlement

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Cotton Garment Settlement

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Negotiators for the Cotton Garment Industry Group and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers signed a 2-year contract covering some 11,000 employees working at several apparel manufacturers, including Arrow Shirt, Pendleton Woollen Mills, Manhattan Shirt, and The Apparel Group, Ltd. Union members make shirts, trousers, and other cotton garments or work in distribution and retail centers. The majority are employed in plants in the South and Southwest, with the remainder in Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic States, Maine, and the Central States.

As in other major settlements in the apparel industry this year, the key issue in negotiations was health care. Union president Jack Sheinkman said, "The issue of health care is still a pressing one. The industry joins us in calling for universal coverage, in order to seriously tackle escalating costs."

The settlement, which will be extended to an additional 19,000 workers under "me-too agreements," institutes a new managed health care plan with enhanced benefits and reductions in employee deductibles and copayments for a variety of services. …

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