Honeywell/USW Negotiations Resume

Contact: John Paul Smith, 618.638.7894, >jsmith@usw7-669.com

Metropolis, IL – Negotiations resumed today between Honeywell Inc. and United Steelworkers 7-669 over the terms of a new labor agreement at the Metropolis, IL uranium conversion facility.  Honeywell locked out the union workforce earlier this month when the sides did not reach an agreement by midnight August 1st.
 
The parties discussed both sides’ proposals article by article in an effort to better understand the issues contested.  The union is making all efforts to negotiate the differences with Honeywell and hopes that the company will make an effort to better understand the issues the facility faces and work with the union to solve the problems.  The company’s current proposal clearly accentuates their inability to manage the facility.
 
United Steelworkers District 7 Director, Mike Millsap, who is with the Local’s negotiating committee for the negotiations said, “We are working hard to get an agreement through bargaining with the company.  We need Honeywell to do the same.”
 
There were further discussions regarding healthcare and sub-contracting, the main sticking points during the negotiations, but the company has been unwilling to compromise.  The union has remained committed to bargaining for an agreement that is fair to the membership.
 
As of right now, bargaining is scheduled to continue for the remainder of the week.

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