Toledo Glass Workers Vote To Accept New Contract, Strike Ends

TOLEDO, OH, OCTOBER 23, 2016 – Nearly 115 workers at Libbey Glass in Toledo, OH who went on strike after overwhelmingly rejecting a so-called “last, best and final offer” (LBFO) from the company last week voted to accept a new agreement today.

The members belong to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 105, District 54, and were joined on the picket lines by the Glass Molders and Pottery Workers Local 59 at midnight, October 12, when their contract extension expired.

Sticking points in the dispute were job classifications, working conditions, wage increases, mandatory overtime, and a draconian attendance policy. IAM Negotiators remained at the bargaining table to negotiate with management at Libbey Glass, and brought the most recent offer to a ratification vote.

Workers will report for their normal shifts beginning Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 a.m., and IAM pickets will come down.

The IAM is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in aerospace, transportation, manufacturing, shipbuilding, woodworking and other industries. Visit goiam.org for more information about the IAM.