A BNA analysis of collective bargaining data for all settlements through September 15 showed the average and median first-year wage increase for settlements reported to date in 2014 were the same as in 2013: 2 percent. Additionally, the weighted average was 2.6 percent, compared with 1.6 percent in the same period in 2013. There was an average 3 percent increase when omitting construction and state and local government contracts. This percentage is down from 3.2 percent for the comparable time period last year. There was an average 2.3 percent increase when lump-sum payments were factored into wage calculations. The comparable period in 2013 reported a 2.4 percent increase.
With 90 percent voting in favor, members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 1 voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, averting a lock-out that could have affected preparations for the 2014-2015 season.
Retail grocery store workers represented by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 in Los Angeles, Local 8-Golden State in Roseville, Local 135 in San Diego, Local 324 in Buena Park, Local 1167 in Bloomington, Local 1428 in Claremont, and Local 1442 in El Segundo ratified a three-year agreement with Food 4 Less/Foods Co. covering approximately 6,500 workers at 100 grocery stores in California. Some of the terms of the agreement include: retroactivity until June 8, 2014; a total wage increase of 55 cents per hour; a one-time bonus for workers at the top of their pay progression scale; an increase in employer contributions to the employee pension plan; and no change in employer contributions for employee health and welfare benefits.
UAW Local 2335 and Lear Corp. in Hammond, Ind. ratified a four-year labor contract covering nearly 800 employees. The tentative agreement was reached after the nearly 800 employees engaged in a work stoppage lasting two days. The contract provides for one pay scale for all employees (both full assembly and subassembly workers). However, full assembly workers will have the ability to progress to $21.58/hour, while subassembly workers will progress only to $15.25/hour.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants reached a tentative agreement with American Airlines covering some 24,000 employees. Though details have not been released and a ratification date has not yet been disclosed, union representatives claimed the agreement secured “the highest wages and best work rules” for flight attendants at any network carrier.
UFCW Local 400 ratified a four-year contract with Kroger Co., covering 3,440 workers at 47 stores in Richmond, Va. and the Tidewater region in eastern Virginia. Although no details have been made public, the union disclosed that the contract includes wage increases (based on seniority) and preserves employee health and retirement benefits. The contract takes effect retroactively to August 3, 2014.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 117 in Tukwila, Wash., reached a three-year contract with Kroger Co.’s Fred Meyer division covering approximately 400 workers at a distribution center. Though details of the contract are not available, the union has disclosed that the contract protects workers against subcontracting and is in line with industry standards.