An analysis of data compiled by Bloomberg BNA through June 27 showed that the average first-year wage increase for all settlements was 2.8 percent, compared with 2.7 percent reported in the same period in 2015. The median first-year wage increase for settlements reported to date in 2016 was 2.5 percent, compared with 2.3 percent, and the weighted average was 4.1 percent, compared with 3.7 percent reported in 2015. When lump-sum payments were factored into wage calculations, the all-settlements average first-year increase to date in 2016 was 3.1 percent, compared with 3 percent reported in the year-ago period. Median and weighted average increases were 2.5 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively, compared to the 2.5 and 4.3 percent increases reported in 2015. The all-settlements (excluding construction and state and local government) average increase was 3.7 percent, the same percentage in 2015; the median was 3 percent, compared with 2.8 percent; and the weighted average was 4.7 percent, compared with last year’s 4.6 percent.
SEIU, representing about 3,200 office building cleaners, reached an agreement with four cleaning firms in Houston. The four-year agreement, ratified by 98 percent of workers, calls for 12 percent wage increases over the contract term, paid sick leave, and specified employer and employee contributions to health care plan premiums.
Members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 ratified a four-year contract with Kroger Co., a Cincinnati-based grocery chain. The contract covers 5,100 workers at 41 supermarkets in Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Under the new agreement, workers will receive wage increases and affordable health care, and the company will continue to contribute to workers’ pension funds.
Members of Local 1-S of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), ratified a four-year contract with Macy’s, avoiding a threatened work stoppage. The RWDSU represents some 5,000 workers at Macy’s Manhattan flagship store, and three branches in the Bronx, Queens, and White Plains, N.Y. Complete details of the agreement, which is retroactive to June 16 and expires May 1, 2020, have yet to be released.
Ending a 45-day strike, members of the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) overwhelmingly voted to ratify new labor agreements with Verizon. The agreements, which cover nearly 40,000 workers nationwide, provide employees with a 10.5 percent wage increase over the contacts’ terms, signing bonuses, health care reimbursements, and guaranteed profit sharing payments. In addition, Verizon agreed to keep open several call centers facing closure and to add about 1,300 bargaining unit jobs at call centers. The agreements went into effect immediately and expire August 3, 2019.
After working six years without a contract, the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), an affiliate of AFT, reached a tentative agreement with the City University of New York. The proposed seven-year agreement covers about 25,000 staff and faculty and calls for a 10.41 percent wage increases, $1,000 signing bonuses, and structural changes in working conditions, such as increased opportunities for advances in compensation and title.
Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association, an AFT affiliate, and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Ore. reached a tentative agreement covering some 30 physician specialists. If ratified, the agreement will run through October 2017, and provide a four percent wage increase, quality bonuses, readmission avoidance, and discharge efficiency.
Warehouse workers at a Maryland US Foods facility called off a nearly two month-long strike. The 20 warehouse workers, who are represented by the Teamsters, agreed to stop picketing after ratifying an agreement providing workers with a severance package following the closing of the facility, retirement security, and continued health benefits for three months. About 120 drivers at the facility who are part of a different bargaining unit remain on strike.
Members of International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751, Local 86 ratified a four-year tentative agreement with Triumph Composite Systems, a Spokane, Wash.-based airplane parts maker. The contract, which covers roughly 400 workers, calls for annual bonuses, notice of outsourcing plans, retirement contributions, and health care premium caps. The contract ends a month-long strike at the facility.
In an unanimous vote, the 95 members of UAW Local 600 ratified their first labor contract with Sakthi Automotive Group, an automotive parts producer based in Detroit. Details of the five-year agreement have yet to be released.
One day before a planned work stoppage, four of five Atlantic City, N.J. casinos reached a tentative deal with UNITE HERE Local 54 which will cover about 5,000 cooks, housekeepers, bartenders, cocktail servers, and other service workers. Local 54 is still negotiating with the Trump Taj Mahal for an agreement to cover another 1,000 casino workers. Details of the proposed contract have yet to be released.
After nearly five years of bargaining, the Independent Pilots Association, representing about 2,600 pilots, came to a tentative agreement with UPS. Details of the five year agreement have not been disclosed.
Kaleida Health, a health system in Buffalo, N.Y. reached a tentative agreement with three unions representing more than 7,000 registered workers and non-managerial employees. Details of the agreement will be disclosed after ratification, which is expected to occur within the next 30-45 days.
After three years of bargaining and with assistance from the National Mediation Board (NMB), Allegiant Air LLC reached a tentative deal with the Teamsters covering approximately 700 pilots. According to a Teamsters spokesman, the agreement will provide “significant compensation, retirement and medial benefit increases, improved scheduling rules and procedures, strong job protections, and other important work rule enhancements.”
Members of the USW ratified an agreement with ArcelorMittal covering about 14,000 employees. The contract makes changes to retiree health care plans, but requires no active employee-contributions to health care premiums. The agreement also maintains the company’s profit-sharing program, under which employees may receive 7.5 percent of company profits each quarter. The agreement is retroactive to September 2015 and expires September 2018.
United Airlines reached a tentative deal to unite all of its approximately 25,000 flight attendants under a single labor agreement since merging with Continental Airlines in 2010. The flight attendants are currently under three separate contracts. The proposal is subject to approval by the leadership of the Association of Flight Attendants and member ratification.
IBT members overwhelmingly approved an agreement to shift 4,000 workers at Costco locations in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland from the company’s 401(k) plan to the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Fund.