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At Bruce Plastics —
Local 689 Contract
Provides Vacation
Options During Shutdown


Contract Settled!

Bruce Plastics workers, members of UE Local 689, are working under the terms of a new three-year agreement reached last year. The contract raises wages by 45 cents an hour in each year.

Weekly sickness and accident benefits rise from $210 to $300 over the life of the agreement. Life insurance rises by $1,000 to $19,000. The pension benefit is increased to 50 cents the first year, 50 cents the second year and 55 cents the third year for hours worked. Also, vacation days now count towards hours worked.

An employee who retires at or after age 59.5 years and who has at least 20 years seniority will be entitled to a one-time payment of $1,500 at the time of his or her retirement. An employee who is permanently disabled and has at least 15 years’ seniority will be entitled to a one-time payment of $1,500.


No longer will Bruce workers with two or fewer weeks vacation be forced to take their vacation during the annual shutdown. They will have the option of signing up for available work during the shutdown, applying for unemployment compensation or using vacation days. Workers may now use up to two vacation days per year to cover personal or family medical emergencies, with at least 30 minutes prior notice.

In a new section, an employee who is off on FMLA leave or short-term disability, or injury or illness, will be entitled to receive up to 3 months of paid individual employee health care coverage based on a rolling 12-month period.

For the first time, contract language covers part-time workers.

The Local 689 negotiating committee consisted of Pres. Jeff Davis, Chief Steward Fred Haag. Rec. Sec. Ruth White, Vice Pres. Paul Lucerralli. They were assisted by UE Field Org. Jim Cook and Intl. Rep. Marion Washington.

UE News - 02/01

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