The Division of Workers’ Compensation announced a carve-out agreement between seven Southern California United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local unions, Vons and Super A Foods.
The agreement covers an estimated 20,000 workers in the region. These workers increase the total California workforce covered by such programs more than 55 percent. There are a total of 32 active labor-management carve-out agreements in California, eleven of them active 3201.7 non-construction carve-out programs.
Carve-out programs enable employers and unionized workforces to create their own alternatives for workers’ comp benefit delivery and dispute resolution under a collective bargaining agreement. Since 2004 carve-out programs in California have handled more than 25,000 injured workers’ claims, resolving 88 percent of claims without dispute, according to DWC.
Eligibility of parties to participate in a program must be approved by DWC’s administrative director.
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