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Local 269
Controls Insurance
Costs in New Contract

ERVING, Mass.

Contract Settled!

Local 269 members employed at the Erving paper mill gave 100 percent endorsement to a new contract that met their goals with regard to wages, pension and control of health insurance costs.

The UE local union represents two units at Erseco, the waste-water plant and the maintenance crew.

The three-year agreement raises wages by 60 cents plus 3 percent the first year, 3 percent the second year and 3 percent again the third year. The average wage increase in the first year is $1; the average wage prior to the increase was $14.49 an hour.

The pension benefit increases $2 over the contract term, by 50 cents the first year, 75 cents the second year and 75 cents the third year. The multiplier will rise to $18.50 in the third year.

Health insurance costs were a major issue in negotiations. The previous contract stated that the company would pay the first 4 percent of any premium increase and the company and employee would split the remainder 50/50. This year, insurance costs went up 25 percent, a significant increase. The weekly rates going into bargaining were $9.44 for single and $21.91 for family coverage. Workers will see the current rates frozen in the second year. In the third year, the company will pay the first 5 percent. This represented a big victory, given the difficulty in negotiating health insurance.

The Local 269 negotiating committee consisted of Steve Condery, Dave Farnum, Don Keith and Roger Laffond.

UE News - 05/01


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