Amalgamated Local 155 settled a new one-year contract with Chasen Fiber Technologies on October 31. The new contract includes a 50 cent wage increase and raises the minimum wage in the shop from $12 to $15.
The contract codifies workers’ right to a 30-minute unpaid lunch break in the middle of their shift and one paid 15-minute break in the morning. Workers will now be allowed to use any accrued paid time off (vacation, personal days, etc.) to supplement any reductions to the five-day workweek, and will now have the option to have half of their vacation time paid out in the month of July.