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UE Local 404 Achieves
New Three-Year
Pact at Groov-Pin


Kong, Klipple, Arrigoni and Turkowsky.

Standing: Gil Kong and Bruce Klipple; seated: Stever Arrigoni and Richie Turkowsky.

Members of amalgamated UE Local 404 overwhelmingly accepted a new three-year agreement with Groov-Pin Corp. on March 1. Over the life of the agreement they will realize gains of $3,500 in cash bonuses as well as 60 cents per hour increases. All employees working their way up through job/wage progressions will be moved to the next level immediately, a substantial gain for many as well.

Medical, prescription and dental insurance coverage remains at the same benefit levels, as do employee contributions which range between $22 to $64 per month. The employer will continue to pay the difference in prescription costs and the employee $5 co-pay.

Local 404 members will see their pension multiplier increase $3 in the first year, raising the two-tiered plan to $23.50 and $18.50 respectfully, based on employee hiring date. Life insurance increases $10,000 to $30,000. The shoe allowance goes up by $10 to $95 per year. A clothing cleaning allowance is good for $50 per year.


The union achieved contract language improvements as well. Groov-Pin workers now have the ability to use vacation time one day at a time by giving notice prior to shift start time, in conjunction with using six paid sick days per year. Other language improvements include protection from the employer forcing members on approved medical leave back to work earlier than necessary. The members gain other language improvements and understandings as well.

The shop negotiating committee consisted of Chief Steward Richie Turkowsky, Shop Steward Steve Arrigoni, and Committeeman Gilberto Kong. They were assisted by Local Pres. Joe Miglino, Field Org. James Tobler and Intl. Rep. Bruce Klipple.

UE News - 03/01

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