May 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
South Bend, IN – Honeywell’s lockout of workers at two plants will “without a doubt” last until June, United Auto Workers Local 9 President Adam Stevenson said after contract talks resumed May 18. “It was pretty much a stalemate.
There was no movement,” he told the South Bend Tribune. Honeywell locked out workers at its aircraft-parts plants in South Bend and Green Island, N.Y. on May 9, after they overwhelmingly rejected its contract offer. Workers say the proposal would have effectively cut their pay, because it would have increased their health-care costs by more than the 2% raise it offered. Honeywell, which has hired strikebreakers to work in the plant, says aerospace sales are flat, it’s offering the workers the same health benefits most of its other employees get, and that Local 9 members make $7,000 more a year than the average South Bend worker. The company’s aerospace revenues increased by 2% in 2015, to more than $15.2 billion, according to its earnings report, and earnings per share have gone up by 50% in the last five years. Read more