An analysis of data compiled by Bloomberg BNA through December 8 showed that the average first-year wage increase for all settlements was 2.1 percent, compared with 2 percent in the comparable period in 2013. The median first-year wage increase for settlements reported to date in 2014 was 2 percent, the same increase reported in 2013, and the weighted average was 2.6 percent, compared with 1.9 percent in 2013. The all-settlements (excluding construction and state and local government) average increase was 2.5 percent, compared with 2.7 percent in 2013; the median was 2.5 percent, an increase from 2.3 percent a year ago; and the weighted average was 2.6 percent, compared with last year’s 2.1 percent. When lump-sum payments were factored into wage calculations, the all-settlements average first-year increase to date in 2014 was 2.4 percent, the same increase reported a year ago. Median and weighted average increases were 2.2 percent and 2.9 percent respectively, compared to 2 percent and 2.9 percent increases from 2013.
Members of the Air Line Pilots Association ratified a 10-year collective bargaining agreement with Envoy Air Inc. The new agreement freezes wages for the first three years of the contract, eliminates profit sharing, and gradually increases pilots’ share of medical costs, but it also provides for signing bonuses and a new path for employment with Envoy’s parent company, American Airlines. The agreement covers 2,400 pilots.
Nine months after refusing to accept a contract proposal, a narrow majority of the 3,300 Alaska Airline flight attendants represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA ratified a five-year collective bargaining agreement. The flight attendants will receive annual wage increases and longevity bonuses, but employee healthcare contributions will increase annually after 2015 throughout the term of the agreement.
After two years of negotiations, a majority of International Association of Machinist (IAM) members voted to ratify a new four-year labor agreement with Southwest Airlines. The agreement covers 6,000 passenger service and reservation agents, and provides for 8 percent wage increases over term and signing bonuses ranging from $1,200 to $1,740, among other benefits.
Employees at Huntington Ingalls voted in favor of a three-year extension their labor agreement at the Company’s Pascagoula, Miss. facility. The agreement cover 7,000 employees, and it provides annual wage increases, 12 paid holidays, signing bonuses, annual healthcare premium increases, increases in emergency room copayments, the launch of a family medical center, and new differentials in premiums for individuals, families, and smokers. Unions involved in the agreement include the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council, IBEW, the United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers, and the Office of Professional Employees International Union. The agreement does not cover IAM represented employees at Huntington Ingalls, as the IAM is still engaged in negotiations with Ingalls.
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) voted to approve the National Commercial Agreement (NCA), a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP). The agreement is expected to cover nearly 3,000 directors during its term and includes 3 percent annual wage increases and increases in contributions to healthcare and pension plans. AICP members produce approximately 85 percent of commercials aired in the U.S.
The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents shipping lines and terminal operators at several ports in California, Oregon, and Washington, has requested the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) provide assistance in concluding contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). According to the PMA, both parties are still far apart on key issues, and work stoppages and slowdowns are negatively affecting the industry. The agreement will cover nearly 20,000 port workers.
Approximately 1,000 restaurant employees at San Francisco International Airport ratified a new contract negotiated by UNITE HERE Local 2. The employees had been working without a contract for 16 months. The contract is retroactive to September 2013.