On 8/3 the union membership ratified the contract by a 103 to 5 margin. Last week the CCC board of directors also ratified on their end.
The across the board pay increases and new step increases are retroactive to the beginning of the pay period just before July 1. You should see the retro payment and wage increase in your September 2nd pay check. All other terms of the contract including changes to the holiday pay, shift differentials, etc. are effective on 8/17.
In a previous update on 7/22 it was stated under Article 12, Health and Welfare that “Employer picks up the full cost of health insurance costs for the 2015-16 plan year.” Understandably this led some folks to believe that the employer would pick up the full premium for insurance for the 2015-16 plan year and that members would no longer have to pay a portion of the premium. The statement should have read: “the Employer picks up the full increase in the cost of health insurance for the 2015-16 plan year.”
The terms of the contract just ratified call for the employer to pick up the increase in the insurance renewal (around 9-10%) and employees will not experience an increase to their portion of the premium for the 2015-16 plan year.