Honeywell Aerospace offers new contract to striking union workers

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United Auto Workers Local 9 gather outside the Honeywell Aerospace plant in South Bend after they were locked out of the building because of a contract dispute between the union and Honeywell on May 9, 2016. (Photo Supplied/ABC 57)

The six-month long lockout between Honeywell Aerospace and United Auto Workers Local 9 could come down to next Saturday.

Honeywell has offered the striking union a new five-year contract to Local 9’s 320 workers at its South bend plant. Those workers will vote on the contract next Saturday, according to the South Bend Tribune.

The proposed contract won’t come with a recommendation for approval by UAW until the bargaining committee has had a chance to “fully explain” the deal to its members. A Honeywell spokesperson also declined to discuss details about the proposal.

Health insurance remains a dividing point between the union and Honeywell. Workers rejected the first proposal in May because of what employees would have had to pay for health insurance.

Unemployment insurance has helped cushion the blow of about $23,000 lost to the average union worker at the plant. However, unemployment insurance is expiring later this month.

 

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