(AP) - Here are key provisions of the proposed contract between clerical workers and 14 shippers that ended an eight-day strike at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports:
_Companies can reduce the number of local clerical positions by no more than one position per company through June 2016, the life of the contract.
_Positions left vacant when clerical workers are on vacation or otherwise absent must be filled in a day. Exceptions are when workers are absent for funerals, medical leave or because of disability. Those absences must be covered after 31 days.
_Workers, who currently make an average base salary of $87,000 a year, will receive salary increases of $1 per year through 2013, with additional hikes unspecified but possible later in the contract. Those increases also are likely to be $1 per year.
_Pension benefits will increase from the current $150 per year of service to $170 per year of service over the life of the contract.
_Health care benefits will be unchanged.
_Employees will receive several thousand dollars in bonus pay because they have worked without a contract since June 2010.
Sources: Union and management representatives.
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