According to an analysis of data by Bloomberg BNA, first-year wage increases reported to date in 2016 showed that the average increase was 2.7 percent, compared to 2.6 percent in 2015. Construction contracts led with average increases of 4 percent, while state and local government increases averaged 2.4 percent.
Unifor, a union representing Canadian auto workers, is seeking commitments from the Big Three automakers that they will make ongoing investments in Canada. The union is concerned over the automakers’ shrinking footprint in Canada, and it has begun preliminary talks aimed at negotiating a pattern agreement that will serve as the basis for each of the three contracts.
The Independent Pilot’s Association, representing United Parcel Service’s pilots, approved a five-year bargaining agreement. The deal will provide a 29 percent compound raise over the term. Captain’s pay will increase to $338 per hour by 2020.
Following its winning bid to acquire Gawker Media LLC, following Gawker’s Hulk Hogan-related bankruptcy, Univision Holdings Inc. will assume a collective bargaining agreement covering 100 reporters and editors. The existing agreement had been reached between Gawker and the Writers Guild of America East in March 2016, and is set to expire in February 2019.
For the first time since United Airlines merged with Continental Airlines in 2010, United flight attendants have ratified a five-year contract covering 25,000 employees. The agreement provides for double-digit pay increases, job security enhancements, and improved healthcare and retirement benefits. United has also entered recent agreements with technicians, pilots, and other employees. In addition, United inked a deal with 9,000 mechanics and related employees.
SEIU Local 87 and the San Francisco Maintenance Contractors Association tentatively agreed to a deal covering 3,000 janitors. If ratified, the agreement will increase the entry-level wage nearly $4.00 to $17.29 per hour, and will provide annual $0.70 wage increases. Represented workers clean downtown San Francisco office buildings, including those occupied by Airbnb, Uber Technologies, Zynga, and WeWork.
Virgin Atlantic settled a tentative agreement with flight its attendants to provide for their integration into Alaska Airlines following the carriers’ merger. The merger is expected to become final later this year, and the proposed three-year deal will provide wage increases, a 13-year length of service pay scale, and a path toward integration. The agreement does not address integrating Virgin’s and Alaska’s seniority lists following the merger.
The Communications Workers of America ratified an agreement with AT&T Mobility covering approximately 42,000 of AT&T’s 280,000 workers. The agreement concerns benefits only, including lower healthcare premiums. The deal comes after the CWA rejected a previous contract in July.
Drivers of Apple employee shuttles in the San Francisco Bay Area ratified a collective bargaining agreement with Loop Transportation, Inc. Approximately 30 drivers represented by the Teamsters signed on to the three-year agreement, which provides wages between $25 and $30 per hour, 401(k) contributions, and fully-paid health care benefits.
The Transport Workers Union and low-cost air carrier Allegiant Air reached an agreement in principal on a contract covering 900 flight attendants. If ratified, the six-year contract would provide wage increases based on a 12-year length-of-service pay scale. It would be the first contract between the union and the carrier.
Members of the California Nurses Association ratified a new contract covering 1,600 nurses employed in San Jose, Calif., by HCA Holdings, Inc. The deal received 93 percent of the vote, and provides for wage increases between 10.4 and 32.3 over three years, addresses workplace violence and exposure to infectious diseases, and covers 82 case workers, nurses, and other employees that were formerly excluded from the bargaining unit.
Members of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association will vote on a tentative agreement reached with the air carrier. If ratified, the agreement will provide the union’s 8,300 members with an immediate 15 percent raise, followed by annual 3 percent increases. The parties reached an agreement with the assistance of the National Mediation Board.
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Kroger Co. agreed on a three-year agreement covering 48,000 supermarket workers in California. Workers at the top of their pay scales will receive annual wage increases, while starting wages for food clerks will clock in at $0.40 above California’s new minimum wage. Present health care and pension benefits will remain at their current levels.
The UFCW also ratified four agreements covering 27,000 employees at Meijer, Inc., a Michigan grocery store chain. The agreements provide for wage increases and improvements to health benefits. In addition, the agreements eliminate a requirement that employees work an average of 20 hours per week before becoming eligible for paid time off.
Nurses at four hospitals owned by Providence St. Joseph Health across Northern and Southern California ratified new agreements. The agreements with four hospitals include economic and staffing provisions in addition to protections against workplace violence and injuries.
The United Steelworkers and Ohio-based Cliffs Natural Resources have tentatively agreed to a three-year agreement covering 2,000 Michigan and Minnesota mine workers. Details of the proposed agreement have not been released.
Employees represented by NewsGuild-CWA at 12 newspapers owned by Digital First Media have ratified a three-year contract. Under the terms of the agreement, about 870 employees will receive a 3 percent pay increase in the first year. The contract also includes provisions addressing outsourcing and severance pay.
The United Mine Workers of America and Murray Energy settled a five-year contract covering over 3,000 current and laid off workers and 16,000 retirees in West Virginia and Ohio. The deal keeps wages at current levels, but provides for a reopener after three years. Health care coverage for current and retired workers remains, but the agreement provides for slight increases in out-of-pocket health care costs.
Members of the Professional Staff Congress, a union representing 25,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, ratified a collective bargaining agreement. The agreement will provide a 10.41 percent wage increase over a seven-year term running retroactively from 2010, and will provide adjunct faculty with paid sick days and health insurance.
SEIU and Steward Health Care in Massachusetts agreed to a contract covering 5,000 clerical, technical, and service employees. The deal provides for a 5.5 percent wage increase over three years, and guarantees a $15 minimum wage at five hospitals by 2018. It also provides for health coverage with no deductible, and college tuition for members seeking additional health care training.
Former employees of DirecTV now employed by AT&T ratified two collective bargaining agreements. The deals reached between AT&T and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers cover some 3,000 employees, and provide for wage increases and improvements to health care and retirement benefits. Field service employees covered under the agreements will receive a $250 ratification bonus, while call center employees will receive $1,000.
Although American Airlines and the TWU-IAM Association have not reached a final agreement in contract negotiations, they have agreed to an interim agreement providing an immediate pay increase to 30,000 employees, including aircraft mechanics and fleet service employees. Negotiations for a final agreement following the merger of American Airlines with US Airways are continuing.