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Local 274, Wesco
Reach Agreement
On New Contract

GREENFIELD, Mass.

Members of amalgamated UE Local 274 employed by Wesco recently ratified a new three-year agreement with the manufacturer of capacitors for the electrical parts industry.

The bargaining committee and membership fought off company giveback demands that included loss of two holidays.

The final agreement includes increases in sick and accident benefits and life insurance, funeral leave. The mostly female workforce will no longer have to use vacation in taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Wages are advanced by 20 cents the first year, and 25 cents in both the second and third years covered by the agreement.

IMPROVED CONTRACT

Improvements in the 401(k) plan represent a significant victory. Three years ago Wesco workers twice rejected contract offers and threatened to strike before the company yielded and offered a 401(k) plan. This year the union negotiated an improved plan with better investment options, an increase in the company contribution; the company will pay all administrative costs.

When Wesco workers organized 18 years ago, they were forced to engage in a long and difficult strike to gain a first contract. Many of the senior employees were participants and leaders in that struggle.

The UE committee consisted of Joyce Burdick, Karla Durand and Patty Morrison. They were assisted by Field Org. Paul Ryan.

UE News - 03/98


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