Machinists Union members working at UTC Fuel Cells in South Windsor, CT voted
overwhelmingly to accept a new three-year agreement with management. With 95% of
the hourly workers in attendance at the contract ratification meeting, IAM
members voted to accept by a margin of 127 to 21. Highlights of the new
increases of 3% this year, 3% in 2004 and 2.5% in 2005, while retaining a
semi-annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
A $500 bonus.
Pension increases of $2.00 per month per year of service, effective January 1,
2004, making the maximum $5 per month per year of service. The company also
maintains a Special Retirement Option, an enhanced retirement option offered in
areas about to experience a layoff. Added is a Voluntary Separation Program, to
be offered to workers who may opt to leave the company voluntarily in exchange
for 1 week pay for each year of service, a $5,000 bonus and 6 months paid
New contract language which allows them to move with their work if it is
relocated in Connecticut, including to another UTC operation represented by the
An agreement by management to hear presentations from the IAM's High Performance
Work Organization (HPWO) Department about that management-labor partnership
program, and to discuss the feasibility of such a partnership at Fuel Cells.
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