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Honeywell Workers Approve Contract, End Strike

Mon, 11/21/2011 - 4:39am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Striking machinists at the Honeywell plant in Kansas City have approved a new contract.

The union overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with Honeywell Sunday evening, ending its 42-day walkout.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/tNPoz0 ) that both sides said the contract was essentially the same as one the union rejected Oct. 9.

Union representative Steve Nickel, said members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved the contract this time because some workers were crossing the picket line during the strike.

The 840 union members will attend reintegration sessions this week and return to full work next Monday.

The six-year contract includes a two-tier wage structure, giving machinists hired next year a slower pay progression than current workers.

 

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