According to Bloomberg BNA, as of June 26, average wages increased 2.5 percent in 2017, compared to 2.8 percent from the same period in 2016. Median first-year wages increased 2.3 percent, compared to 2.5 percent in 2016, and the weighted average increased 2.8 percent, compared to 4.1 percent in 2016.      

Eversource Energy, an energy services company in New Hampshire, reached a tentative contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1837. The proposed three-year contract would cover nearly 300 workers, and includes three percent wage increases each year and readjusted caps on medical, dental, and vision plans. 

AT&T West and DirecTV West reached a tentative contract with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The proposed four-year contract would cover more than 17,000 workers in California and Nevada, and includes nearly 11 percent in pay raises over the term of the contract and improved retirement plans and job security measures.     

AT&T East reached a tentative pact with the CWA Local 1298. The proposed four-year contract would cover nearly 200 workers based in Hampden, Conn. Agreement details were not yet available, but reportedly include pay raises, continued health care benefits, and increased severance benefits.   

After a 14-day lockout, Westinghouse Electric Co. and Boilermakers Local 651 agreed on a three-year contract covering 172 welders, machinists, and quality control mechanics, janitors, and materials handlers in Newington, N.H. The agreement provides for two and three percent raises in the second and third years, respectively, cuts workers’ out-of-pocket health care expenses, and increases severance packages. Some of the contract provisions depend on Westinghouse emerging from bankruptcy protection.     

Mesa Airlines and its pilots’ union agreed on a four-year contract covering 1,200 workers; the parties had negotiated for almost seven years. The proposed deal, which still requires approval by members of the Air Line Pilots Association’s Mesa chapter, includes wage increases of 62 percent for new pilots, immediate wage increases for other pilots of 3.5 to 12 percent, and wage increases of 9.5 to 40 percent over the term of the agreement. The tentative agreement also provides improved pilot recruiting incentives, a higher vacation accrual rate, and better retirement benefits.      

Clinicians and service workers at Sunrise House, a New Jersey rehab center, who have been locked out for nearly a month, reached a tentative labor agreement with the center. The agreement includes a 10 percent wage hike over three years, increased staffing levels, and better security at the facility. In response to the workers planned strike, the rehab center closed the facility indefinitely. If the agreement is approved, the state must approve reopening the facility.     

A bargaining unit of 50 drivers and warehouse workers of Teamsters Local 170 ratified a five-year contract with Quality Beverage Inc. in Massachusetts, ending a 23-day strike. The contract maintains the same health care coverage as the prior agreement, includes a 13.5 percent wage increase over the life of the contract, and awards workers four weeks of vacation after 15 years of service, rather than the 20 years of service required under the previous contract.     

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc. in New York and the United Steelworkers ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement covering 226 hourly employees. Under the contract, hourly employees will get a five percent annual raise, increased 401(k) employer contributions, and one week of additional vacation time for 15-year employees.     

Workers at Peapod, a grocery delivery service for Giant Food in Hanover, Md., unanimously ratified a new contract covering more than 200 workers that bumps employees’ starting salaries from $8.75 an hour to $12 an hour and increases employees’ pay scale.    

Professors at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif. ratified their first contract with the school. The three-year agreement covers approximately 270 professors, and will give full-time faculty an eight to nine percent pay increase, while part-time faculty will receive an 11.5 to 35 percent increase. Although part-time and full-time faculty are covered by the same union and contract, the groups are members of separate bargaining units.