Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Paperworkers Settlements

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Paperworkers Settlements

Article excerpt

Members of United Paperworkers Local 900 in Rumford, ME, agreed to a 6-year contract with Boise-Cascade Corp. that terminates premium pay for non-overtime weekend work, effective in 1994. The settlement apparently was influenced by the unsuccessful 16-month strike against International Paper Co. plants in Jay, ME, and other locations where similar changes were the focus of the dispute. A union member in Jay contended the Boise-Cascade employees were prompted to settle early and accept costreducing contract changes because only about 25 of the 1,200 strikers at Jay's International Paper mill had been recalled since the strike ended in October 1988. (See Monthly Labor Review, January 1989, p. 32, for a description of the strikes and the contract settlement that ended a lockout at International Paper's Mobile, AL, mills.)

The Boise-Cascade agreement, scheduled to take effect when the current agreement expires June 30, 1989, also provides for:

* elimination of a 1-day paid shutdown on Christmas Day, effective in 1990;

* employee assumption of some health insurance costs;

* changes in work rules and seniority provisions beneficial to the company;

* a $3,000 lump-sum payment to each employee in the first year;

* 2-percent wage increases in the second and third years, followed by 2-percent increases in each of the final 3 years; these amounts could be raised depending on the "industry standard" at the time; and

* improvements in dental, life, and sickness and accident benefits. …

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