Bloomberg BNA data compiled through April 18, 2016 for all 2016 contracts showed that the average first year wage increase was 2.7 percent, the same as during the comparable period in 2015. The median first year wage increase for settlements reported to date in 2016 was 2.5 percent, compared with 2.1 percent in 2015.
California Nurses Association/National Nurses United ratified three-year agreements with Prime Healthcare covering about 1,500 nurses at two hospitals in California and one in Nevada. Union representation reported that staffing ratio language was preserved, nurses will receive wage increases of nine percent over the next three years, and employee health care plans will remain unchanged.
The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Vice Media reached a collective bargaining agreement covering 80 editorial employees. The agreement requires a minimum salary of $45,000 per year, with all bargaining unit employees set to receive a 14 percent wage increase in the first year. Vice Media also agreed to contribute up to three percent to employees’ 401(k) plans and to allow employees to perform work outside the company.
The SEIU and Washington University in St. Louis reached a tentative four-year labor agreement covering about 300 adjunct faculty members. Union officials stated that the proposed contract includes an increased compensation package providing faculty more money per class with a more predictable schedule.
International Association of Machinists (IAM) members voted to ratify agreements with United Airlines covering 30,000 workers. Seven contracts were ratified, including covering fleet service workers and passenger service agents, reservation agents, and storekeepers. The contracts provide pay increases totaling 30 percent over the terms of the contracts and $100 million in lump sum payments, gains in defined pension benefits, the end of outsourcing of IAM members’ work and insourcing of additional work at the San Francisco and Los Angles hubs.
More than 850 table games dealers, poker dealers, warehouse and valet workers, and culinary employees, and the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati will be covered under a tentative agreement on a first contract. The workers are represented by a four-union council comprised of the UAW, United Steelworkers, UNITE HERE, and IBT. Although agreement details are being withheld pending ratification, the UAW reported that the agreement provides for general wage increases and other improvements.
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the advertising industry reached an agreement on terms for successor television and radio commercial contracts. The agreement will provide an end to the commercial contract negotiations that took place under a “media blackout.” The terms of the agreement were not released.
UAW members at the Volvo plant in Dublin, Virginia ratified a five-year agreement covering 2,000 employees. The agreement provides improved health care benefits, with the company paying 90 percent of the health care plan premiums and no increases to deductibles or out-of-pocket maximums. Additionally, all workers will receive $2,000 lump-sum payments upon ratification and additional lump-sum and wage increases based on their hire date.
Members of the UFCW and IBT ratified a master agreement covering 30,000 grocery workers in western Washington State. The contract is a three-year, multiemployer agreement covering clerks, cashiers, meat-cutters, and stockers employed at large retail food store chains, including Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and Quality Food Centers. The unions claim the contracts require increased employer contributions to employee health benefits, retirement, and other improvements, including wage increases.
Boston University and the SEIU reached a first, tentative three-year agreement covering about 800 adjunct faculty members. The union reports that the agreement increases minimum wages, improves course stability, provides funding to adjuncts and includes a formal process to deal with workplace conflicts. The agreement came days after the union staged a protest at the university over working conditions. The union is also in the midst of contract talks for faculty at Bentley and Brandeis universities.
Five UFCW locals ratified separate three-year agreements with Stop & Shop covering 34,000 workers at 248 grocery stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Stop & Shop has agreed to create 480 new union-member jobs over the course of the agreements. About 70 percent of the workers covered by the contracts are employed part-time. The contracts also include two-week advance work-scheduling program for the first time.
United Steelworkers and ArcelorMittal reached a tentative agreement covering some 13,000 employees. If ratified, the agreement would last through September 1, 2018. Contract details are being withheld pending ratification.
The SEIU and a coalition of private security companies reached an agreement covering 3,000 guards at commercial office buildings in Washington, D.C. According to SEIU officials, the contract includes gradual pay increases over its term, including up to $17.54 for almost all employees by the time the agreement expires, maintains current employer-paid health benefits, improves employee working conditions and job protections, and expands workers’ retirement benefits.