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Local 420 Members
Insulate Conditions,
Benefits With Star
Porcelain Contract


Contract Settled ...

Star Porcelain Co. workers, members of UE Local 420, ratified a new three-year agreement on Sept. 29. Star workers produce a variety of specialty porcelain electrical insulators.

Employees with 20 years of service will see an increase in vacation pay, up one-half percent from 9 to 9.5 percent of their prior year’s earnings. Workers out on either workers compensation or New Jersey Disability for 14 days at the time of the summer shutdown will no longer be charged vacation at that time.

Life insurance increases by $5,000 to $20,000 in the third year.

The contract calls for an upgrade for Kiln Placers/drawers to labor grade 5 from the prior grades 4 and 3. This is accomplished as part of a combination of the Kiln, Placing and Drawing departments into one Kiln Dept. Likewise, the Maintenance Mechanic A classification is upgraded from labor grade 6 to grade 7.


Language changes adjust the size of the bargaining and safety committees to reflect the size of the current workforce. The contract establishes new procedures for reporting extended absences should one’s return-to-work date change.

Employees on temporary transfer to an incentive job they have not performed will now be allotted a 3-day break-in period before going on the incentive rate for that job.

Wages increase by 2.5 percent the first year, 2 percent the second year and 2 percent the third year.

The Local 420 committee consisted of Local Pres. Linwood Rowell, Vice Pres. Jim Keim, Treas. Carlos Nazario and Sec. Maria Belardo. They were assisted by Field Org. Jim Ermi.

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