Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Retail Trade Contracts

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Retail Trade Contracts

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In Southern California, a total of 18,000 workers were covered by contracts the Food and Commercial Workers and the Teamsters unions negotiated with the Food Employees Council, comprising eight grocery store chains. The Food and Commercial Workers agreement for meat department employees provides for wage increases totaling 35 cents an hour over the term; expands apprenticeship opportunities; more precisely defines meatcutters' duties; reduces employee eligibility for medical and dental insurance coverage to 64 hours of work per month; and guarantees 16 hours of work per week to part-time employees to assure that they will benefit from the eased eligibility.

The 21-month contract, which will expire at the same time as the existing contract for retail clerks, also represented by the Food and Commercial Workers, provides for a July 1989 merger of pension and health and welfare funds for the two groups of employees.

The 3-year Teamsters' accord, covering 8,000 warehouse personnel and truck drivers employed by the eight chains, also was expected to set a pattern for Teamsters settlements for 4,000 employees of other firms.

Over the term, employees will receive wage increases totaling $1.30 an hour. Pay progression from the starting rate to the top rate was cut to 18 months, from 3 years, and the employers also agreed to two 10-cent-an-hour increases in benefits funding. Under the prior agreement, maximum pay rates were $14.52 an hour for drivers and $14.19 for warehouse employees.

In the Eugene, OR, area, 1,000 grocery, bakery, and meat department employees were covered by a November settlement between Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 and Food Employers, Inc., comprising Safeway Stores, Albertson's Inc. …

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