Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Food Processing Pacts

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Food Processing Pacts

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Food processing pacts

The American Federation of Grain Millers recently negotiated separate 3year master agreements with three major food processing companies, General Mills, Pillsbury Co., and ConAgra, Inc. The accords cover some 6,300 workers at plants across the country, including about 4,000 at General Mills, 2,000 at Pillsbury, and 300 at ConAgra. The Grain Millers' master agreements cover benefits and other national level issues, but not wage rates. At General Mills, terms of the new contract included an immediate 2-cent-an-hour increase in differentials for the second shift (to 24 cents) and third shift (to 31 cents); a $4 increase (to $26) in the monthly pension rate for each year of credited service effective April 1, 1990; a $2,000 increase in life insurance benefits (to 15,000 for minimum coverage and $3 1,000 for maximum coverage) on April 1, 1990; continuation of the current health care plan (fully paid by the company); and a joint agreement to improve productivity. …

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