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https://www.goerie.com/news/20190612/ue-ratifies-wabtec-contract-in-erie

UE ratifies Wabtec contract

Members of Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, line up to vote on a contract with Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. on Wednesday at the UE Local 506 union hall in Lawrence Park Township.

After a daylong vote Wednesday, union members, many of them coming or going from their shifts at the plant, made it official, voting to ratify a four-year labor agreement with Wabtec.
Scott Slawson, president of UE 506, which represents the vast majority of the 1,700 Erie-based UE members, said the contract was approved, but he was unable to provide a specific vote total because he said he was not given those numbers by the election committee. The contract also was ratified by union members of UE 618.
Im looking forward to getting back to business, Slawson said. We build the best locomotives in the world, and I think our members have shown grit and discipline throughout this process. We found a way to come to agreement on something that was acceptable to both sides. This was trying at times and it was trying for everybody. A lot of opinions were going back and forth in both directions, but we were confident we could navigate the process and come to an agreement.

After more than 90 days of mediator-assisted talks, which came on the heels of a nine-day strike, Wabtec and the union had reached what Slawson called a fair and equitable agreement.
That agreement, which was explained in detail to union members in a series of meetings held Tuesday at Eries Bayfront Convention Center, came with the recommendation of the bargaining committee.
We are pleased that UE 506 and 618 members voted to ratify the four-year contract, said Deia Campanelli, a spokeswoman for Wabtec. It is a tribute to the engagement and determination by the negotiating teams to reach a resolution that satisfies the interests of both parties. This ratification is good for the Erie site, our employees, customers and the community. The contract provides good paying jobs and benefits, while taking a step to make the plant more competitive. Now, we can move forward together to position the site for stability and deliver for our customers.

For his part, Greg Sbrocco, Wabtecs senior vice president of global operations, called the contract, a good first step at driving competitiveness at the plant.
The contract ratified Wednesday includes the so-called competitive wages that Wabtec was seeking, at least to the extent that new employees will be paid an average of $22 an hour, considerably less than current employees who earn an average of $35 an hour.
But in a substantial win for the union, Wabtec agreed that new employees will be able to gradually increase their wages over a 10-year period until they are on par with so-called legacy employees.
Although Wabtec got the competitive-wage scale it was seeking for new employees, the union moved the needle on a series of other issues including:
The new contract also calls for:
Wabtec to continue a policy of volunteer overtime. Wabtec had sought the ability to schedule mandatory overtime to meet customer demand.
Wabtec has committed to bringing new work to the plant thats equivalent to 100 new full-time workers by the end of the four-year agreement.

Laid-off workers will have five-year recall rights.
Depending on experience, employees will be eligible for up to six weeks of vacation.
Improved health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability.
A cost-of-living living increase.
Voting was conducted from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Slawson said an overwhelming number of the 1,700 Erie-based UE members voted.
From day one of this process, our members have been committed to protecting a healthy and safe work environment, while supporting our families and local economy, Slawson said. This agreement sets a course that will provide Wabtec an opportunity to grow and succeed in Erie County.



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