Locked-Out Union Workers Near Deal
METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — A labor dispute that's dragged on for more than a year at a southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel may soon be over.
Honeywell and the union representing about 230 locked-out workers at the uranium-conversion plant say both sides have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year deal.
As president of the United Steelworkers local, Darrell Lillie says the deal keeps intact the locked-out workers' seniority. He says Honeywell had sought to eliminate that.
Lillie says talks will continue Wednesday to determine how to transition the affected workers back to their jobs. After that's resolved, the proposed contract would be put up for a vote by the union's members, perhaps within days.
The plant is the nation's only one for refining uranium for eventual use in nuclear power plants.