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Terms Announced in Settlement of N.Y. Federation Strike

December 12, 1975
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The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies reported today that the agreement settling a month-long strike by Federation workers, in which unionized employes of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York joined though their contract was still in effect, provided for wage increases and other benefits in two new contracts.

One of the contracts replaced the agreement which expired last July 1 between the Federation, and the Community and Social Agencies Employes Local 1707, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes. The second contract is a new pact and the first between the union and the Joint Campaign of the Federation-New York UJA, replacing the contract between Local 1707 and the New York UJA which was to have expired next Jan. 31,. The new Joint Campaign contract is effective immediately.

Both new contracts, which the Federation spokesman said were approved Monday by the employes, the Federation Board of Trustees and the Board of the Joint Campaign, are retroactive to last July 1 with a duration of 27 months through Sept. 30, 1977. One of the demands of Local 1707 was for contracts with the same expiration date.


Agreement was reached after a marathon session which ended in the pre-dawn hours on Dec. 5, exactly one month after the strike started. The New York UJA and Federation merged their fund-raising activities in July, 1974. About 80 Federation fund-raisers and other professionals in fund-raising were shifted to the Joint Campaign.

The new Federation contract covers the remaining 80 employes of Federation while the new Joint Campaign contract covers the 375 employes of the New York UJA which includes the 80 professionals transferred to the joint campaign, the Federation spokesman said.


The new Federation contract provides an annual increase for professional employes of $750 for the period of July 1, 1975 to July 1, 1976. On July 1, 1976, another $750 increase will be given to the professionals for the period ending Sept. 30, 1977, the contract termination date. The second $750 increase will be for a 15-month period.

Federation clerical employes will receive a $7.50 per week increase retroactive to last July 1, for the period ending July 1, 1976, when they will receive another $7.50 weekly increase for the period ending Sept. 30, 1977, also for 15 months.

Federation employes have been receiving hospital and medical insurance with premiums paid by the Federation, covering Blue Cross and options for the Health Insurance Plan, Blue Shield or Group Health Insurance. The new contract extends that coverage to dependents of Federation employes.

The work week for Federation clerical employes will be 36-1/4 hours from Jan. 1 to June 30 and from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 and 35 hours for the summer months of July 1 to Sept. 30, which the spokesman described as a slight improvement over existing work schedules, which are related to fund-raising schedules.

Under the new Joint Campaign contract, professionals, who include fund-raisers, public relations workers and others in fund-raising activities, will receive a $750 annual increase as of next Feb. 1. They will get another $750 increase on Dec. 1, 1976, which will be paid for the remainder of the contract. The spokesman said that fund-raising professionals in both agencies receive an average annual pay of $15,000.

Former Federation clericals working in the Joint Campaign will receive a $7.50 weekly increase retroactive to last July 1 and another $7.50 weekly increase next July 1. Former New York UJA clericals now working in the Joint Campaign will get a similar $7.50 weekly increase next Feb. 1 and another $7.50 weekly increase next Feb. 1 and another $7.50 weekly increase on Dec. 1, 1976.

Employes of the New York UJA have always received health and hospital coverage with premiums paid by management, the spokesman said. The new contract with the Joint Campaign formalizes the Joint Campaign structure, placing the employes on a Joint Campaign payroll, the spokesman added. He pointed out that New York UJA employes are totally engaged in fund-raising and related activities.

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