ARBITRATOR SETS TERMS
FOR 'ME-TOO' WAGE HIKE
Wage hike estimates:
These are the Guild's estimates of what effect the arbitrator's decision would have on wages, and on retroactive pay for two years. The exact amounts may differ when officially calculated.
The Guild calculates that the increase will boost wages roughly between $5 and $10 a week, before taxes and depending on a bargaining unit member's job classification.
hope this brings an end to this matter, and that the company will promptly
comply with the award,'' said Tim Schick, the Guild administrator.
a follow up to Altman's major award that he issued last July 26, in
which he said the Guild had won its main case, that the pay rates that
went into effect at the beginning of 1999 were too low.
ruling that he made now spells out terms of the payout.
Here's what he said:
pay raise ordered by the arbitrator has to do with two related contract
provisions: a) the "me-too'' clause, which says that the Guild
must get pay hikes that other unions receive; and b) the effects of
the old Gainsharing bonus program.
1999, the company boosted pay rates 2 percent above those of the previous
year, as called for in the contract.
the same time, it also paid out a Gainsharing bonus, which did two things:
it provided a one-time cash payment to Guild workers; it also added
another 1 percentage point to Guild wages, pushing up overall pay scales
by 3.02 percent with compounding.
the company was boosting Guild rates by 3.02 percent, it was also hiking
the pay of the non-Guild workers in the same way.
by that time, the non-Guild workers had switched bonus plans. Instead
of Gainsharing bonuses, they now were receiving the Belo Corporation's
"Profit Performance Bonus.''
the bonus that Guild members, along with other Journal employees, received
last week. The company, which has yet to agree on a new contract, last
year imposed the new bonus on the Guild, and ended Gainsharing.)
of the major differences between the two kinds of bonus plans is that
the Belo Profit Performance Bonus pays one-time cash amounts, but does
not permanently hike pay scales, as the Gainsharing program does.
although the non-Guild workers in 1999 got a 2.25-percent Profit Performance
Bonus payout, that had no effect on their pay scales. But the company
increased their base pay by the same 3.02-percent that it did for the
The Guild argued - and Arbitrator Altman agreed - that the Guild's me-too clause kicked in at that point, meaning that the Guild should get the general increase of 3.02-percent that everyone else got, PLUS the 1 percentage point boost that came from the Guild-only Gainsharing. In other words, the Guild's total 1999 pay hike should have been, with compounding, 4.0502 percent.
Altman retained jurisdiction, meaning that he is available to resolve any questions about implementation of the award.
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