May 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
South Bend, IND – United Auto Workers members at two Honeywell aircraft-parts plants have been locked out for more than 10 days, as contract talks overseen by a federal mediator May 18 produced no results.
The lockout, affecting 317 workers in South Bend, Indiana, and 41 in Green Island, N.Y., began May 9, two days after they rejected Honeywell’s contract offer. The five-year deal would have given them annual raises averaging 1.6%, but it would have also frozen pensions, increased health-care costs, and let the company raise health-care costs unilaterally. The UAW says those cuts are unreasonable, because the plants, which make brake pads, wheels, and landing-gear parts, are profitable. Meanwhile, Honeywell is bringing in strikebreakers from Strom Engineering, a Minnesota-based firm that calls itself “the nation's most established industrial strike staffing company.” Read more