Skyline of Richmond, Virginia

Victaulic union employees ratify new five-year contract

09.26.08

October 2008, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Victaulic union employees ratify new five-year contract

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

REGION, September 17th- Employees of the Victaulic Company facility in Alburtis represented by the United Steelworkers of America (USW) Union Local 2599 in Bethlehem, ratified a new five-year contract agreement with the company on September 15th.

According to Local 2599 President Jerry Green the previous agreement expired on September 8th, 2008. The parties agreed to work under the terms and conditions of the previous contract while contract negotiations continued.

The United Steel Workers Union have two contracts with the Victaulic Company. Local 2599 also represents approximately 550 workers employed at the company’s Forks Township facility, which manufactures pipefitting systems. That unit of employees are working under a three-year agreement and ratified the contract in August 2007. The Forks Township contract will not expire until January 2010.

Mr. Green told the newspaper the Victaulic Company contract in Alburtis includes a 60 cents an hour wage increase each year for all union workers and other contract language inprovements including:

• Accident and sickness pay increases of $10.00 each year of the pact.

• New overtime language was added.

• No additional cost for health insurance for the first three years of the contract with workers paying an average of an $5.00 a week in the fourth and fifth year.

• Pension multiplier was increased by $2.00 in the first, second and third year; increasing by $1.00 in the fourth and fifth year of the pact.

Local 2599 has approximately 123 members employed at the Alburtis facility.

Local 2599 represents approximately 1,600 active USW members throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Mr. Green told the newspaper the Victaulic Company facility in Forks Township is the largest unit of employees the union represents.

The previous contract at the Forks Township plant expired on December 10th, 2006. The two sides agreed to work under the terms and conditions of the previous contract while negotiations continued.

The main issue that got in the way of reaching a new pact was health insurance benefit costs. The company wanted the employees to contribute more toward the cost of their health insurance. However, Mr. Green told the newspaper the union was successful in negotiating that the workers will not pay more than $15 a week that they paid under the previous pact.

No comments so far



Leave a comment
Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required but not displayed)