SAG-AFTRA members ratified successor television and radio commercial contracts that provide all categories of performers more than $200 million in wage improvements over term.    

Thirty-five thousand personal care attendants represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and employed by the state of Massachusetts, reached a tentative three-year agreement with the state. The union disclosed that the agreement provides an additional $200,000 per year for education and training of the attendants. The agreement will also raise the wage progressively to $15 per hour by 2018.    

Twelve thousand New York City security guards represented by the SEIU ratified one contract and tentatively agreed to another with several employers. One agreement between the Realty Advisory Board and the union includes wage increases, full family health-care benefits, and five days’ of sick leave during the first year of employment. The tentative agreement with independent employers included a $2.05 wage increase by 2019, and in some instances, employer-paid family health insurance benefits.    

UFCW represented employees of Kroger Co. in Indiana ratified a three-year contract with the company. The agreement increased the starting hourly wage rate and the top hourly wage rate. The contract continues to maintain health care for employees and retirement security.    

Members of UFCW Local 555 ratified several three-year contracts with various retail food store chains covering 10,000 workers in Portland, Ore. Local 555 negotiators and the retail chains, including Albertsons, Safeway, and Kroger Co. subsidiaries, Fred Meyer and QFC, reached tentative agreements on the contract proposals. Local 555 members are scheduled to vote on their respective proposals on various upcoming dates. The agreements include annual wage increases, increases in apprentice wage-progression pay scale brackets, and no cost increase to health and welfare plans.

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) ratified a five-year collective bargaining agreement with Detroit Diesel, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America. The contract covers 1,100 employees. Under the new agreement, workers will reach the top-tier wage rate after 10 years of employment, rather than 13. Senior employees no longer in progression will receive “efficiency awards” equal to two percent of pay in 2017 and 2019. Workers will contribute slightly more toward health care plans and the company will increase its pension contributions for workers hired before 1998.