The Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 35, whose members are mostly older, female office workers for the beer maker, are questioning the company’s proposal to institute a pension freeze and health insurance concessions, the Associated Press reported. The union has been working without a contract since January.
Miller’s parent company, SAB Miller PLC, suggested freezing the pension plan after 2009 and replacing the plan with a savings plan to which the company will contribute $2 per work hour. Unions with more male members were offered a savings plan with $3-per-hour contributions, according to the AP.
More than 80% of the union’s members are female and the average age of members is 53. In a statement responding to the complaint, Miller only said it was disappointed an agreement had not been reached and it values its employees.