Tentative Agreement In Ameritech Publishing Strike
CLEVELAND (AP) _ A tenative contract agreement was reached Tuesday in a 5-week-old strike against Ameritech Publishing Inc. by 384 workers represented by the Communication Workers of America, both sides said.
The four-year agreement offers pay increases amounting to at least 9 percent, along with improvements in relocation and pension benefits, said George Smilnak, treasurer of CWA Local 4309 in Cleveland.
The workers agreed to return to their jobs Wednesday, and the union is to conduct a ratification vote Sept. 30.
Ameritech Publishing makes and markets Ohio Bell telephone directories.
The CWA called a strike Aug. 13, affecting workers at Ameritech Publishing facilities in Cleveland, Akron and Columbus.
Many of the strikers returned to their jobs recently, and 250 CWA members were back at work Tuesday, said Ameritech Publishing spokeswoman Karen Fontanive.
Mark Doman, Ameritech Publishing contract negotiator and director of labor relations and benefits, called the settlement fair.
Bill Vidmar, communications director for CWA Local 4340 in Cleveland, said, ″We feel the contract we did get is a fair settlement for both sides.″