September 21, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
South Bend, IN – Two days of revived contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Honeywell Aerospace Sept. 14-15 failed to make much progress toward ending the four-month lockout at plants here and in Green Island, N.Y., the union says.
“UAW members once again asked Honeywell to end its lockout and put our members back to work,” Locals 9 and 1508 said in a statement released Sept. 17. “We did make progress on a few issues,” it added, but “there are many difficult and substantive issues that remain and Honeywell came to the table with no new proposals or ideas to solve the main issues dividing the parties. The union also asked the National Labor Relations Board to make Honeywell “allow our experts to conduct a full health and safety review” at the Sound Bend plant. A company spokesperson said it had given two union representatives “access to specific areas” requested for an inspection Sept. 14, but Local 9 financial secretary and treasurer Rob Williams said the inspectors had not been allowed to take pictures, test air quality, or check safety controls on a machine while it was in operation. Honeywell is running the plant, which manufactures airplane brakes and wheels using out-of-state, part-time replacement workers. Read more