Tentative contract settlement reached at The Hour in Norwalk

Ratification meeting set for next Tuesday


The Guild and The Hour of Norwalk, Conn., have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract.  The settlement includes significant savings in medical insurance, including lower deductibles and lower employee contributions; wage increases for the life of the contract; increased reimbursement for car expenses; and some enhancements to job security. The Guild bargaining committee recommends the settlement for ratification. 

Highlights of the agreement are:

  • Three year contract running from date of ratification through March 31, 2015
  •  Wage increases each year of the contract: 2% on April 1, 2012; 2% on April 1, 2013; 2% on April 1. 2014
  • Effective April 1, 2012 medical coverage provided by United Furniture Workers Blue Cross Blue Shield, a union-managed organization providing health insurance exclusively for union members.
  • Effective April 1, 2012, decreases in employee contributions to medical coverage and in employee deductibles.  
  • Increase in reimbursement for car expenses.
  • Enhanced job security provisions that guarantee Guild representation during discipline and protect against full-time employees being replaced by temporary or freelance workers.

Click here for a copy of the Memorandum of Agreement.

The Guild has scheduled a unit ratification meeting to explain and vote on the proposed contract on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hour conference room.

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