340 IAM Local 2741 members last week overwhelmingly voted to ratify a five-year agreement with Alstom Transportation at their Hornell, NY plant.
The contract provides wage increases for both entry level and long-term employees, protects overtime and double time rates, freezes healthcare costs at their current levels until January, 2022 while maintaining the single-tier healthcare contributions. The accord also includes enhanced paid personal time off, with language in the agreement greater than the recently passed New York State law requiring all employees to receive mandatory paid sick time.
“The improvements in this contract were attained because of the unity the members of Local 2741 displayed throughout negotiations,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “I congratulate our members, the Local 2741 Negotiating Committee, District 19 President Directing General Chairman Mike Perry, Grand Lodge Representatives Gary Naylor and Brianna Gregory and Assistant President Directing General Chairman Kyle Loos for overcoming the obstacles of these trying times to achieve this great contract.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Local 2741 Negotiating Committee participated in an online negotiation prep class given by Transportation GLR Brianna Gregory.
This agreement comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Rail Corp. (METRA) will have Alstom build up to 500 state of the art bi-level railcars. These cars will be the first bi-level cars ever built by Alstom in the United States.