SIDNEY, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2022 – A strike that began on Saturday, Oct. 15, at noon has ended for approximately 700 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 1529 (District 15) who work for Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney, NY.
The new contract includes improved wages, the elimination of the two-tier wage system, and improved paid leave.
“Our members stood strong to secure a contract that created fairness in the workplace and improved their quality of life. They are back at work and are thankful for the outpouring of support from the community,” said IAM District 15 Directing Business Representative Norman Shreve. “The elimination of the two-tier wage system through progression was a huge accomplishment. We want to thank the IAM Local 1529 negotiating committee, IAM District 15, and the IAM Eastern Territory for giving our members the resources they needed to make the best decision for them and their families.”
“I am extremely proud of our members for the spirited dialogue to help us achieve this improved contract,” said IAM District 15 Business Representative Kevin Weidman. “We have a proud history at IAM Local 1529, and the solidarity displayed throughout this process will help strengthen our union. I was touched by the support we received from businesses and community members. It’s an honor to advocate on behalf of our members to improve their lives and help make our community a better place to live.”
“IAM Local 1529 members should be proud of the stand they took to get a better contract offer for the membership,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan. “Our entire union pitched in to ensure that our members received the dignity and respect they deserve. The IAM Eastern Territory will always stand by our members for standing strong for a fair and respectable contract agreement.”
IAM District Lodge 15 is one of the largest districts in the IAM, representing approximately 19,000 active and retired members in several different industries.