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Union 'disappointed' by Honeywell offer

BY CARRIE DILLARD cdillard@paducahsun.com

METROPOLIS, Ill. - Negotiations between Honeywell and United Steelworkers Local 7-669 ended Thursday with a contract offer, but no agreement.

"This evening, the company concluded its scheduled negotiations with the union's bargaining committee by presenting the union with a comprehensive six-year contract," said Honeywell spokesman Peter Dalpe.

The offer includes wage increases of 2 percent each year of the contract, no changes to pension benefits for current union employees and the same health care benefits as agreed upon under the current contract, but union representatives say they are "disappointed."

"The company's proposal doesn't address the union's concerns over job security, health care, health and safety, and employee fairness, among many other issues," said John Paul Smith, USW 7-669 spokesman. "There is plenty of negotiating left to be done."

Dalpe describes the offer as "competitive" and good for both the employees and the long-term sustainability of the facility.

"This wage increase would continue to make the union one of the highest-paid workforces in the region," he added. "Twenty other Honeywell union workforces have ratified the same health care and pension benefits as part of their current collective bargaining agreements."

In addition, items in the contract related to subcontracting "are similar to those in place under the current contract," Dalpe said.

The company hopes the union will vote on the offer today.

United Steelworkers Local 7-669 President Stephen Lech said they are open to continued bargaining.

"Our members simply cannot accept an agreement that doesn't secure their jobs and ensure acceptable conditions," Lech said.

The current three-year contract expires at midnight Friday.

Contact Carrie Dillard, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8657.  

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