So/ina Phone Workers To Get More Money craftsmen in the $56. i plant was ?96. Now it will be $106 , . , , Women m the commercial de- 50. The new contract between the, slallation and maintenance work it will be $74. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.,' w o s 551.50 a week. Now it will be ; The top for and The Communications Workers of America union will mean con- _ u The company and union also agreed on a group life insurance program, thc first the company has had. Workers will pay a low rate for their Of course, the pay scales insurance, increase with years of experience. Friday, Nov. 22, 1957 partment have had a starting, sidcrably more money for Salina; wage O f $4 G . ^ow it will be $51.50.j ; telephone workers. i Beginning switchboard opera-; ! Weekly pay increases will range I tors were paid $43.50. Now the ': from S2 to $5. i starting wage will be $49. In addition, the Salina telephone exchange was put in a higher company classification, which will mean an additional wage boost for local workers. The contract became effective , as of Nov. 17 and will last IS 1 A top operator now will get $65.-j months. j 50 a week compared with the pre- The company says the wage Here are the figures: I vious top of $59. boosts in its entire 5-state area The beginning wage for "plantj The maximum pay in the com-j will.amount to $10,306,000 a year, men", those who do repair, in-j mercial department was $66. Now'50,000 employes are affected.