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4:14 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Honeywell, United Steelworkers Begin Negotiations Next Week

Credit Honeywell

Contract negotiations begin next week between the Metropolis Honeywell plant and the local union.

The last contract negotiation began in 2010 and lasted more than a year with several workers taking other jobs during the work stoppage.

Honeywell Plant Manager Jim Pritchett sent a letter to hourly workers today mentioning the company’s investments in Metropolis including $50 million in safety projects and its provision of some of the area’s highest paying hourly jobs.

But Pritchett also notes that the plant hasn’t been profitable in a decade with losses reaching $300 million and faces challenging market conditions with the lowest levels of nuclear power generation since 1999.

Honeywell spokesperson Peter Dalpe says negotiations will run weekdays and weekends from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The United Steelworkers Local 7-669 represents 134 hourly workers, and the current three-year contract expires August 1.