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January 1993, Vol. 116, No. 1
Lisa M. Williamson
C ontract negotiations for almost 2.8 million workers under 669 major collective bargaining agreements are scheduled for 1993. This year's bargaining will involve slightly more than one-third of the 8.2 million workers covered by all major labor agreements (those with 1,000 or more workers) in private industry and State and local governments. Workers in private industry make up almost three-fourths (2 million) of all workers covered by agreements set to expire or reopen in 1993. (See tables 1 and 2.)
The 2 million private industry workers for whom contract talks are scheduled during the year account for one-third of all private industry workers under major agreements. Slightly more than one-half of the private industry workers scheduled for 1993 negotiations are employed in nonmanufacturing industries, chiefly transportation equipment (26 percent of the workers), construction (21 percent), retail trade (10 percent), and trucking (7 percent). Although accounting for only 4 percent of private industry workers under expiring agreements, all major contracts in bituminous coal mining and petroleum refining are up for renegotiation in 1993.
In State and local government, 244 major contracts, covering 735,000 workers, will expire or reopen in 1993. Negotiations will cover 431,000 employees in local governments and 304,000 employees in State governments. One-fifth of all public sector workers covered by expiring or reopening agreements are employed by three States: Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Minnesota.
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