November 17, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
South Bend, IN – Locked-out workers at two Honeywell Aerospace plants voted to reject a new contract offer Nov. 12.
The proposed five-year deal would have reduced the health-insurance cost increases the workers had rejected before the company locked them out in May, but would have frozen pension contributions and eliminated some paid days off.
United Auto Workers members at the plant in Green Island, N.Y. voted 30-6 to ratify it, but the larger Local 9 in South Bend voted 184-82 against it. “We’ve been out here for too long to cave for something like this,” South Bend UAW member Tom Simpson told the South Bend Tribune, while Local 9 vice president Todd Treder said the company could have made a better offer “if they really want us back to work.” Honeywell said it would continue to bargain, but no talks are currently scheduled. The locked-out workers’ unemployment benefits will run out later this month. Read more