Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Pennsylvania State, City Workers Settle

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Pennsylvania State, City Workers Settle

Article excerpt

About 12,000 employees were covered by a settlement between the State of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Social Services Union, ending a 20-day work stoppage. The settlement came when parties agreed to study the possibility of ending a two-tier paid vacation and paid personal leave plan under which employees hired after July 1, 1985, receive less time off than those hired earlier. Also important in ending the stalemate was the State's decision to drop its proposal for a two-tier pay system.

The 3-year contract provides for wage increases of 4.1 percent effective immediately, I percent in January 1989, 5 percent in July of 1989 and 1990, and I percent in January 1991. Current employees will also receive 1.25percent longevity increases in January of 1990 and 1991 and a 3.15-percent one-time increase will go to employees with fewer than 7 years of service on January 1, 1989. Under the expired contract, salaries reportedly averaged $28,593 for supervisors and $23,434 for other employees.

Estimates of the strength of the work stoppage varied widely, with the union claiming that about 80 percent of the 12,000 employees participated, and the State claiming only 50 percent participated. …

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