Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Cotton Garment Settlement

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Cotton Garment Settlement

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After a month of negotiations, an 18month agreement was reached between the Clothing and Textile Workers Union, covering about 15,000 workers in production, distribution, and retail operations, and the Cotton Garment Negotiation Group. The Group bargained for 30 companies in the cotton garment industry nationwide, including Arrow, Hathaway, Manhattan, Jay Mar-Ruby, and Cotler. The settlement, which includes wage and benefit improvements, is expected to set the pattern for an additional 27,000 workers at other companies in the cotton garment industry. The key issue in contract talks was the companies' proposal to shift health care costs by requiring an employee co-payment of health insurance premiums. Contracts in the industry are negotiated industry wide by the national union.

The contract provides for a 20-cent-per-hour wage increase effective March 1, 1990, and 15 cents per hour effective March 1, 1991. (Average hourly wage under the previous contract was $6$6.15 per hour.) Employer pension contributions were increased to 2. …

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