Honeywell Contract Negotiations Stall
METROPOLIS -- Honeywell Metropolis and its union workers have failed to reach a deal on a new contract, with the clock ticking toward the end of their current agreement.
---Statement from United Steelworkers Local 7-669---
Honeywell broke off negotiations with the union today with a “Last Best and Final” offer. The union is disappointed in the company’s position and feels there is plenty of negotiating left to be done.
The company’s proposal doesn’t address the union’s concerns over job security, healthcare, health and safety, and employee fairness, among many other issues.
United Steelworkers Local 7-669 President, Stephen Lech, said, “Our members simply cannot except an agreement that doesn’t secure their jobs and insure acceptable conditions.”
The union remains committed to bargaining for an agreement that is fair to our members and secures our future.
---Statement from Honeywell---
This evening, the company concluded its scheduled negotiations with the union’s bargaining committee by presenting the union with a comprehensive six-year contract offer that is good for employees while continuing to position the facility for long-term sustainability in an increasingly challenging and competitive global marketplace. The company hopes that the union will vote on this competitive offer on Friday.
The company’s offer includes:
Substantial wage increases of 2 percent each year of the contract, which represents a compounded increase of more than 12.6 percent over the life of the contract. This increase is contingent upon union ratification of the offer before expiration of the current contract at 11:59 p.m. on August 1. This wage increase would continue to make the union one of the highest-paid workforces in the region. When overtime and the cost of benefits are factored in, the average total compensation received by bargaining unit workers already exceeds $102,000 a year.
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