About 50 members of UFCW Local 152 who work at DWK Life Sciences in Millville, N.J., ratified a new contract on Sept. 17 that raises wages and protects benefits. Members at DWK Life Sciences produce a comprehensive range of precision labware, including lab equipment and glassware.
The new contract raises wages and includes defined rates for all classifications. Team Leads and Trainers will now receive a bonus rate on top of their base pay in an effort to reward members for their skills and service. For the life of the contract, DWK Life Sciences members will maintain the same level of quality health insurance benefits. In compliance with the New Jersey Sick Leave Law, members will now be entitled to use up to 40 hours of their vacation time in the event of an illness. Finally, seniority language was added to better define rules and protect long-time workers.
Members of the Negotiating Committee included Assistant Director of Collective Bargaining Lisa Sanders; Director of Organizing Chad Brooks; Union Representative Matte Kane; and Shop Stewards Irene Johnson, Charmaine Brown, and Jeffrey Wright.