A Bloomberg BNA analysis shows that 2015 contracts reflect an average first­year wage increase of 2.7 percent, as opposed to the 1.8 percent wage increase that was reported during the comparable period of 2014. Disregarding construction and state and local government contracts, the average increase of settlements was 3.4 percent in contrast to 2.1 percent during the previous year. The manufacturing agreement average increase was 2.3 percent, in contrast to 2.5 percent the prior year, while the nonmanufacturing average increase (barring construction) was 3.6 percent in contrast to two percent in 2014. With regard to lump­sum payments, the all­ settlements average rose from 2.1 percent in 2014, to 3.1 percent in 2015. Discounting construction and state and local government, the all­settlements average surged to 4.1 percent as opposed to 2.6 percent in 2014. The manufacturing average increase, including lump­sum factoring, was 4.4 percent, in contrast to 3.9 percent the prior year, while the nonmanufacturing average increase (barring construction) was four percent in contrast to 2.2 percent in 2014.


United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 ratified a three­year contract with Fairway Market covering more than 2,400 workers across 15 stores in the New York City region. The contract, which includes six wage increases over the term of the contract, maintains workers’ pension and welfare benefits and guarantees that all members of the bargaining unit will work at least 21 hours per week.


The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) reached a tentative bargaining agreement covering 20,000 workers at 29 different ports along the west coast. The agreement, which was approved by 82 percent of union voters, increases wage, maintains health benefits, improves pensions and job safety protections, and limits the port operators’ ability to outsource jobs.


AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) reached an tentative agreement on two separate three­year contracts covering 17,5000 landline employees. The first of the contracts covers 4,500 AT&T Legacy T workers nationwide, while the second contract covers 13,000 workers from AT&T Midwest operations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Both contracts include wage increases, improvements on job security, and pension safeguards.


After 10 months of negotiations, approximately 700 adjunct faculty at Lesley University, represented by SEIU Local 509, ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. The agreement includes terms implementing wage increases over the term of the contract, longer appointments for adjuncts who have taught for at least four years, and more favorable course cancellation and under­enrollment policies for professors. Adjuncts also received both voting and non­voting seats in the Lesley University council and in the faculty assembly, respectively.


USW Local 7­1 members ratified a contract at a BP refinery in Whiting, Ind., ending a strike at that facility. The new contract covers 1,100 workers and eliminates language from prior agreements allowing workers to strike if BP seeks to implement a policy without mutual agreement. USW also recently ratified contracts at refineries in Houston and Texas City.


IAM Local Lodges 44, 610, and 2786 approved a three­year collective bargaining agreement with United Launch Alliance (ULA) covering 825 workers. Highlights of the collective bargaining agreement include: higher out­of­ pocket health care insurance costs, a seven percent wage hike and 36 paid holidays throughout the course of the contract, a ratification bonus, three annual COLA payments of $850, and an increase in the pension multiplier. The membership ratified the agreement despite the IAM negotiating committee’s refusal to recommend the contract, claiming that the contract fell short of their expectations.