November 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
South Bend, IN – United Auto Workers members will vote Nov. 12 on a contract proposal from Honeywell Aerospace that could end the six-month-long lockout at two aircraft-parts plants in Indiana and upstate New York.
The UAW said Nov. 4 that it had not made a recommendation on whether workers should approve or reject the proposed five-year deal, and would withhold details until its bargaining committee has been able to “fully explain it to members at both locations.” Honeywell locked out 320 UAW members at its South Bend plant and 39 members in Green Island, N.Y., when their old contract expired last May. The two locals had overwhelmingly rejected a company proposal that would have increased their health-insurance costs to what its nonunion employees pay. Honeywell has hired scabs to continue making airplane brakes and wheels at the South Bend plant. Read more