The UAW and Chrysler Fiat reached a four-year collective bargaining agreement that would have increased senior employees’ wages to nearly $30 per hour (the first increase in nine years), and a $3,000 ratification bonus, in addition to various other improvements, but the membership rejected it by a significant margin in ratification voting. The UAW selected Chrysler Fiat as its lead target as it entered negotiations for new contracts with the big three automotive manufacturers to set a pattern for contracts with the others.
According to data compiled by Bloomberg BNA, the average first-year wage increase for contracts settled through September 21, 2015, was 2.6 percent. In the same period in 2014, the average first-year wage increase was 2 percent. The nonmanufacturing industry saw the biggest rise, with first-year wage increases averaging 3.4 percent, while state and local government contracts saw increases at an average 2.1 percent. Year-to-date increases in the manufacturing industry averaged 2.3 percent, down from 2.6 percent in the comparable period in 2014.
Macy’s and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) settled a tentative agreement covering 1,200 Seattle-area workers. The details of the agreement have not yet been disclosed and are pending ratification.
A trio of tentative agreements between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Pacific Gas & Electric in California will not take effect after employees rejected two of the proposals. The failed contracts proposed drastic changes to workers’ sick leave entitlement and short term disability benefits. The IBEW is considering what changes are required so that all three agreements can be ratified in the future.
American Airlines reached a tentative agreement with a joint association of the CWA and the Teamsters. If ratified, the agreement will provide increased wages totaling 12 percent over four years and maintain health insurance plans for 14,000 passenger service and reservation workers.
The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) reached a three-year agreement to represent 1,300 workers employed by the Navajo Nation. Covered employees include both white- and blue-collar employees working in accounting, advertising, IT, health education, construction, maintenance, and security, but excluding management, short-term, or probationary workers. The union will be the sole collective bargaining agent for the employee’s wages, hours, and other employment terms.
Kaiser Permanente employees ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement covering 11,000 employees. The workers are represented by more than 10 unions and 28 locals. The agreement provides a wage increases of 7 to 10 percent over the three-year term and maintains fully-employer paid healthcare premiums.
The Teamsters reached a tentative deal with the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division. If ratified, the agreement will cover about 6,000 employees, including many that work for Jack Cooper Holdings and Cassens Transport, two of the largest auto and light truck carriers.
Southwest Airlines and the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association concluded three years of negotiations, tentatively agreeing to a new contract covering 8,000 employees. Ratification voting will take place in October and November.
Regional carrier Republic Airways reached a tentative deal with the Teamsters, ending negotiations that began in 2007. As part of the agreement, the parties jointly requested a stay of a lawsuit the union filed in July accusing the company of changing its pay practices without bargaining.
Point Park University reached a tentative agreement with the United Steelworkers covering 350 adjunct professors at the Pittsburgh college. Details of the agreement will not be disclosed until after the union holds a ratification vote.
Nurses represented by National Nurses United have ratified 17 separate agreements with hospital administrator HCA Holdings, Inc. The deals provide on-call nurses with eight-hour rest periods before being required to work again, standardize meal and rest break scheduling, and increase wages up to 15 percent over the three-year term. The agreements cover approximately 8,000 registered nurses in five states.