Data compiled by Bloomberg BNA showed that the average first-year wage increase so far in 2016 was 2.7 percent, the same as reported in the comparable period of 2015. The median first-year wage increase for settlements reported to date in 2016 was 2.3 percent, the same as reported in 2015.
CWA District 6 and AT&T Mobility LLC reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract covering 9,400 workers in the Southwest. If ratified, the proposed agreement would replace a contract that expired in February and cover AT&T’s wireless services division employees in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
United Steelworkers and Allegheny Technologies Inc. settled an agreement on a four-year contract covering 2,200 workers at 12 facilities across the country. The agreement is conditioned upon the union’s withdrawal of charges it filed with the NLRB stemming from ATI’s months long lockout of the unionized workforce. Key contract terms include new authority for ATI to outsource certain job functions, employee contributions to health care coverage for the first, defined benefit pension restrictions and modest wage improvements.
The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Gawker Media LLC settled a three-year contract covering 99 editorial employees. The agreement is the first since the WGAE launched its campaign to organize digital newsroom employees in 2010. For full-time employees, the ratified deal at Gawker includes a minimum $50,000 yearly salary, a grievance process, an at-will employment clause, and annual raises of 3 percent. The contract also includes certain rights for freelancers.
Following more than a year of negotiations, members of UNITE HERE ratified a new labor contract covering 9,000 employees of airline food provider LSG Sky Chefs. Terms include $1.10 per hour raises through 2018, an extra day of paid sick leave and a pilot program that will transfer LSG Sky Chefs workers in California from a company health plan to a UNITE HERE health plan.
Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United overwhelmingly ratified two four-year contracts with nonprofit hospital chain Sutter Health covering 3,500 registered nurses at two medical facilities. The agreements cover 1,800 nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center sites in Berkeley and Oakland and, for the first time, about 1,700 nurses at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. Contract terms include wage increases ranging from 20 percent to 28 percent over term, depending on each nurse’s years of service with Sutter. The CPMC contract also includes language establishing an Ebola standard, which allows for the union and Sutter Health to create a committee that addresses health and safety issues tied to Ebola.
Licensed practical nurses and other technical employees at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital in Connecticut represented by the state’s affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers have ratified a first collective bargaining agreement. The group of 260 workers–including nurses, surgery and radiology technicians, and respiratory therapists–voted for AFT representation in November 2014.
New Jersey Transit and its railroad-worker unions reached a tentative agreement on wages and benefits, two days before a scheduled strike that threatened to strand tens of thousands of Manhattan-bound commuters. The new contract, which is still pending ratification, will run through the end of 2019.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA reached a tentative agreement with Spirit Airlines on a five-year contract for 2,200 employees after two previous deals failed. If ratified, the proposed contract would end nearly four years of bargaining. Details were withheld until leaders of Spirit approve the agreement, although the accord reportedly includes wage increases and work rule improvements.
The Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union (BCTGM) announced that 277 workers at Mondelez International Inc. are working their last shifts at a plant in Chicago. The layoffs were the first part of a downsizing at the Nabisco Chicago Bakery that was announced earlier in 2015. The union represents about 4,000 workers at several Mondelez plants. Modelez and BCTGM’s prior bargaining agreement expired in February, and the company presented a “last, best and final” offer earlier this month. Contract negotiations between the parties are set to resume in April.
Mills College adjunct instructors represented by SEIU Local 1021 and the Oakland, Calif., liberal arts college reached their first collective bargaining agreement. More than 200 instructors are covered by the pact, which guarantees semester, one-year, two-year, and three-year contracts based on seniority with a defined pathway to full-time, salaried positions. Wage increases, which take effect immediately, average 15-30 percent. Starting instructors’ salaries rose from $5,000 per course to $6,000-$8,000.
According to a long-time National Mediation Board member, Harry Hoglander, the failure rate for tentative agreements in the airline industry has risen more than fourfold in recent years, in part because of an uncontrolled explosion of misinformation that union members receive through social media.