Local UAW workers vote to end labor lockout with Honeywell

Published: Feb. 25, 2017 at 7:26 PM EST
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A nine-month long labor lockout in South Bend has come to an end.

Saturday, UAW local nine members voted on a new contract with Honeywell. The lockout began in May when local nine members rejected a new contract from Honeywell, taking issue with compensation and benefits.

After months of failed negotiations, a federal mediator in Chicago met with leaders from both sides to propose a new agreement.

“We are pleased our UAW-represented employees have ratified a new five-year agreement. Honeywell and the union are finalizing arrangements to get employees back to work. During this time, our sites will continue to operate as normal to meet customer needs," said Scott Sayers, Director of Communications for Honeywell.

While the vote was close, it did achieve the necessary majority in order to pass. UAW expects workers back on the job in mid-March.

Stay with NewsCenter16 for more information on the details of the new contract.