February 14, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Minneapolis, MN – Workers at four Honeywell plants in the Twin Cities area ratified a new contract Feb. 4 that will get them paid sick days, but eliminate health-care coverage for retirees.
The 547-158 vote by Teamsters Local 1145 members prevented a lockout that union officials had feared; Honeywell has locked out workers at plants in South Bend, Ind. and Green Island, N.Y. since last May. The four-year agreement will cover about 1,000 workers at the military and aerospace electronics company’s plants in Minneapolis and three suburbs. They will get modest raises, and the company will contribute $2,000 per employee for health-care expenses, Local 1145 secretary/treasurer Dave Hedberg said. Union negotiators were able to preserve provisions that the company will respect seniority during layoffs, he added, but the best they could do to save retirees’ health-care benefits was to delay their end until Jan. 1. Both sides agreed to work on reducing mandatory overtime in the future, according to union officials. Read more