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November 17, 2011
Honeywell machinists to vote Sunday on new contract proposal
Source: The Kansas City Star

Striking machinists will vote Sunday on a new contract with Honeywell that was proposed today by a federal mediator.

Union negotiators agreed to present the proposal to a vote of its members and the company agreed to accept the proposal if approved, said Steve Nickel, a grand lodge representative of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The 840 members of machinists Local Lodge 778 who work at Honeywell’s Kansas City Plant in the Bannister Federal Complex have been on strike since rejecting the company’s contract offer on Oct. 9.

Neither Nickel nor Honeywell spokeswoman Linda Cook would describe terms of the mediator’s proposal. Nickel said the details would be presented to members at their voting session Sunday afternoon.

Nickel would not say whether union leadership is recommending a vote fr or against the proposal.

“The membership’s going to decide,” Nickel said.

The mediator is with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and has been working with both sides since before the strike.

Nickel said the federal mediator offered the proposal after the union had made its fourth proposal to the company during negotiations today. Honeywell had not accepted three previous union offers.

The walkout came after union members rejected the company’s offer that would have provided higher pay and benefits for existing employees. It also would have created a lower pay progression for workers hired after the start of the year.



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