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Stepan Workers
Make Gains in
New Contract

LOS ANGELES

UE members at Stepan Chemical ...  
These Local 1421 members at Stepan Chemical react positively to the new contract.

Stepan workers, members of amalgamated UE Local 1421, have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement.

Every worker signed a petition in support of the negotiating committee and wore UE buttons and daily sticker messages as an expression of unity.

Wages will be increased by 4 percent, 4 percent and 3 percent. Shift premiums are increased by 10 cents for a total of 50 cents on the swing shift and 60 cents on the graveyard shift. An additional 25 cents brings the Sunday premium to $1.25. The annual attendance bonus goes up by $100 to $350.

UE members beat back the company’s attempt to place limits on the meal allowance and instead gained another $1 on the allowance for a total of $8.

An additional $2 brings the pension benefit to $27.50 a month per years of service.

The new contract allows two days’s paid sick leave without restrictions (including doctors’ notes). The settlement provides for three days personal or emergency use of earned vacation time without loss of the attendance bonus. Workers will now be able to use vacation time one day at a time.

The contract significantly improves promotions and bumping rights.

Under the terms of the agreement, union members will benefit from any improvements in vacations, holidays, the medical, dental and vision plans and 401(k) that are offered to non-bargaining unit employees. New language protects members from any reduction in insurance benefit levels.

Stepan workers gain an increase of $25 in the shoe allowance, which will be $150, and five sets of uniforms per year, up from three. These Local 1421 members also won 1 hour straight-time pay for physical exams, which were previously completely on workers’ own time.

The negotiating committee consisted of Chief Steward Gary Edwards, Bryan Martindale and Keith Mills. They were assisted by UE Field Org. Fernando Losada and Intl. Rep. Leanna Noble.

UE News - 12/98


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