Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Paper Workers Accept Previously Rejected Terms

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Paper Workers Accept Previously Rejected Terms

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Paper workers accept previously rejected terms

In Camden, AR, members of three local unions of the United Paperworkers and one local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers approved a 5-year contract with International Paper Co. The contract provided for 2-percent pay raises in February of 1989 and 1990 for most employees (lump-sum and/or wage increases for some employees), $750 or $1,000 lump-sum payments in February 1991 for all employees, and 2-percent wage increases in February 1992 and 1993 for all employees.

Other terms included reductions in Sunday premium pay, greater company flexibility in assigning work, and adoption of a 401 (k) savings plan.

Union officials said they were not satisfied with the terms but, according to one official, accepted them because "that was all there was for us." The terms were essentially the same as those in an offer International Paper made in February 1988, when the prior agreement expired. Since then, the employees have worked under contract extensions.

Meanwhile, the United Paperworkers union was continuing a corporate campaign to pressure International Paper to end its drive to cut labor costs at various plants by such measures as reducing Sunday premium pay and broadening job assignments. …

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