Mon, Feb 16, 2009
Long-Term Stability To Benefit Connecticut And Florida
Sikorsky Aircraft announced Sunday
that Local 1150 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters,
representing 5,100 hourly employees at the company's Stratford,
Bridgeport and Shelton, CT and West Palm Beach, FL facilities, has
ratified a new, five-year labor contract.
Laurie Havanec, Sikorsky's Vice President of Human Resources,
said, "We are extremely pleased with the ratification of this
five-year agreement. The long-term labor stability this
five-year agreement provides will be beneficial for our employees
and our customers in these challenging economic times.
"The negotiating teams on both sides worked hard to reach an
agreement that meets employees' needs while helping Sikorsky to
remain competitive," Havanec said.
Local 1150 secretary-treasurer Rocco Calo told the Hartford
Courant the contract includes a 3.5 percent salary hike for each of
the first three years, with four percent increases in years four
and five. He didn't disclose the final vote tally, saying only
members ratified the deal "really overwhelmingly."
"The members of the union negotiating committee are pleased with
the outcome of these negotiations and understand that, in this
difficult economy, we are fortunate to be working with one of the
rare companies that are prospering in hard times," read a Local
Negotations between Sikorsky and the union began in December,
with both sides pressured by the state of the economy to avoid a
strike... as what happened during previous negotiations in
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