Florida Local 971 Members Ratify Strong Contract with Pratt & Whitney

Nearly 600 members of IAM Local 971 (District 166) in West Palm Beach, Fla., have recently ratified a new three-year contract with Pratt & Whitney. This latest agreement includes various enhancements concerning wages, increased 401(k) multiplier, and other benefits.

IAM members at Pratt & Whitney are employed in various roles, including inspectors, machinists, machine operators, A&P Mechanics, and others. Their work supports the production and maintenance of jet aircraft engines.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • The new agreement provides IAM members with a 4% increase in 2024. In 2025, they will receive a 3.5% increase, followed by a 3% increase in 2026. 
  • One-time equity wage adjustment of $2.00.
  • $1,500 ratification bonus.
  • Increases in progression rate and promotion.
  • Pension multiplier increase.
  • Improved medical and dental plans beginning 2025.
  • Strengthened benefits related to bereavement, severance, and recall rights.
  • And more.

“Pratt & Whitney has established itself as a leading player in the aerospace industry, and it is only fitting that the people who have contributed to this success in various ways be recognized and rewarded accordingly,” said IAM District 166 Directing Business Representative Kevin DiMeco.

“The new agreement is a significant win for the IAM members at Pratt & Whitney, and it will provide them with greater financial stability and long-term job security,” said IAM Aerospace Coordinator Robert Barnwell. “I congratulate our negotiating committee and all members for negotiating an excellent contract, as evidenced by the overwhelming majority who voted in favor of it.”

The negotiating committee received invaluable support from the IAM Aerospace Department, IAM District 166 Directing Business Representative Kevin DiMeco, and Business Representative Ed Grabowski. The committee was also aided by IAM Strategic Resources Department Senior Research Economist Gwendolyn A. Camp, who provided crucial and real-time comparative data during the negotiation process.

The three-year agreement took effect on Feb. 5, 2024.

“The IAM Local 166 negotiating committee’s tireless efforts and solidarity have paid off and resulted in a new contract that not only recognizes the exceptional skills of our members but also guarantees them better wages and benefits,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Craig Martin. “It is truly a proud moment for the IAM, and we are grateful to the negotiating committee and membership for their remarkable contributions in achieving this milestone.”

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