Strike over: WABTEC union workers back to work Monday

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Wabtec and UE Locals 506 and 618 announced tonight that they have reached an agreement to end the nine day strike at the company’s Erie facility. This new agreement will remain in effect for 90 days and will allow union workers and the company to continue negotiations, according to reach a long-term collective bargaining agreement. Jet 24 Action News/Fox 66 spoke with a representative for Erie’s UE local 506, who shared that the, company and the union will meet for a “joint statement” in the morning. Under the terms of this new agreement, striking employees will return to work on Monday, March 11. According to the UE Local 506’s website, both parties have agreed to the following conditions: 

  • Maintain wage rates for existing employees
  • Maintain Wabtec’s competitive benefits package
  • Voluntary scheudled overtime with the company’s abilbity to use non-bargaining unit Wabtec employees to meet customer commitments
  • 90-day moratorium on hiring new bargaining unit employees
  • No plant closure or permanent layoffs during the term of this agreement
  • Grievance procedure with binding arbitration
  • No strikes or lockouts

The UE Local 506’s also posting on their website, “Both parties are optiimistic that a mutually beneficial collective bargaining agreement can be reached to position Erie facility for future growth, stability and sucess.”

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