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Steelworkers Union members vote to approve a new five-year contract agreement

12.29.11

DECEMBER 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Steelworkers Union members vote to approve a new five-year contract agreement

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, November 22nd- The United Steelworkers of America (USW) Union Local 2599, in Bethlehem, members employed at Lehigh Heavy Forge manufacturing plant, Emery Street in Bethlehem, ratified a new five-year labor agreement with the company.

The successor agreement was voted on by the membership on Sunday, November 20th.

USW Local 2599 President Jerry Green chaired the negotiating committee for the union while Lehigh Heavy Forge President Jim Romeo chaired for the company.

“After fourteen months of Union employees working under the old agreement, the Union members ratified a new five year agreement,” stated Mr. Green.

Mr. Green added management at Lehigh Heavy Forge proposed the offer and the Union leadership took it back for a vote.

Highlights of the pact include:

• No medical increases for five years;
• 401k pension increase .5 an hour for two to five years employment;
• $1,500 retro-active pay for the last 14 months without a contract;
• Vacation eligibility was reduced for number of years employed to
qualify for additional vacation weeks;
• Life Insurance and accident/sickness benefits will have a modest
increase;
• Perfect attendance bonus was increased to $350.00 a year; and
• Employees will either receive a wage increase or a bonus each year of
the pact

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