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Wire Guild Members to Vote on Proposed UPI Pay Cuts

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Wire Guild Members to Vote on Proposed UPI Pay Cuts

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Wire Guild members to vote on proposed UPI pay cuts

The Wire Service Guild has agreed to put before its members at United Press International a vote to extend pay cuts for another three months.

The 35% cuts, which were agreed to in November and expire Feb. 16, would be reduced to 30% cuts from Feb. 16 through April 13, and cut down again to 25% from April 14 through May 18. Wages would return to 100% on May 19.

In addition, UPI has agreed to increase its contributions to a union health plan. For example, the WSG explained that for individual coverage, currents costs are $56.08 per month for each employee and $130.27 for the employer. Effective May 1, the employee cost would drop to $18.63 and the employer contribution would be $167.72.

UPI spokesman Milt Capps explained that under the existing agreement, the company had a set dollar limit to how much it will contribute to the plan, while the Guild pays the rest. Under the new proposal, UPI would pay a percentage of the cost for individuals and families.

In addition, if approved, a provision would be added to the existing Guild contract that noted the contract, as modified, "shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of heirs, successors and assigns" of UPI and the Guild. …

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