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More money for truckers goes to fringes, not pay

Union truckers were set to receive a 33-cent-an-hour cost-of-living increase today, but the money won't show up in paychecks. Instead, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Trucking Management Inc., which bargains for employers, have agreed the new money will be put into health, welfare, and pension funds. But the move could cause resentment among the rank and file, Monitor labor correspondent Ed Townsend reports. Contributions to the funds have waned because more sixth of the 300,000 workers covered by the funds are unemployed.

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