AMHERST, Ohio, Nov. 29, 2022 – Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 1802 (District 54) today voted to ratify a stronger contract at the Nordson Corp., ending a two-week strike at the Amherst, Ohio plant. The new contract features critical improvements from previously rejected company offers, including better mandatory overtime policies, higher wage increases beginning with a 7 percent raise in the first year, retirement plan improvements, and a health insurance cost freeze.
IAM Local 1802 members, who had been on strike since Monday, Nov. 14, will return to work on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
“IAM Local 1802 members held the line and stood strong for a better life for themselves, their families, and the community,” said IAM District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. “They can be proud of the solidarity they have shown, which will result in key improvements and serve as a framework for even stronger contracts in the future.”
IAM members at Nordson Corp. manufacture products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealing, and more for end products that include packaging, electronics, and medical equipment.
“The Fighting Machinists Union doesn’t back down from any company,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan. “IAM Local 1802 and District 54 have shown working people across Ohio and the nation what it means to stand up and fight for the treatment they deserve and have earned.”
IAM District 54 represents more than 14,000 active and retired members in Ohio, West Virginia, northeastern Indiana, and Michigan.