Pratt & Whitney Contract 2013

IAM District Lodge 26 And Affiliated Locals 700 & 1746

Countdown To Contract 2013

Connecticut District 26 Members Rally at
Local Pratt Plants

Hundreds of IAM District 26 members employed by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) in East Hartford, and Middletown, CT, marched through the factory this week, shouting “solidarity forever” and blowing whistles, to demonstrate their support for their Negotiating Committee currently in talks for a new agreement.

The current three-year agreement covering 2,700 members at Local 700 in Middletown, CT, and Local 1746 in East Hartford, CT, expires Sunday, December 8.

The one-hour march comes days before union members are scheduled to vote on a new agreement as a result of the company’s continuing attacks on their jobs. Members identified job security as a key issue in these talks amid company proposals to subcontract even more work to outside vendors.

“The memberships’ resolve was heard loud and clear by the Negotiating Committee,” said District 26 Assistant Directing Business Representative and Chief Negotiator Mike Stone. “They demonstrated their support with an overwhelming strike authorization vote and continue to show their faith in this committee through their actions.”

The demonstrations continue in both locations as members voice their displeasure with management. Production was not interrupted during the demonstrations.

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IAM in Negotiations at Pratt and Whitney

IAM District 26 and Pratt and Whitney (P&W) recently opened a new round of contract talks covering 2,700 members at Local 700 in Middletown, CT and Local 1746 in East Hartford, CT.

Key issues for IAM members include job security and health care while P&W has already made their intentions known by proposing to cut at least 252 jobs in recent negotiation sessions. Pratt’s proposal would allow the company to bring in outside contractors that would perform work previously done by IAM members.

“The company’s recent attacks on our members’ job security are nothing new,” said District 26 Assistant Directing Business Representative and Chief Negotiator Mike Stone. “They have a long history of destroying good jobs, including a protracted court battle that ultimately led to shutting engine repair shops here. The membership sent the company a clear message supporting the negotiating committee with a strike authorization vote.”

IAM members voted overwhelmingly on November 8 to give the negotiating team strike authority.

“The negotiating team is fully prepared,” said District 26 Directing Business Representative Everett Corey. “The entire team participated in a week-long negotiation prep session at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center earlier this year, and the support of the membership is proof of that preparation.”

The current three-year agreement with P&W expires on December 8.

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