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Strike resolved at Lear Romec

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ELYRIA — After less than a day on the picket lines, unionized workers at the Lear Romec plant on South Abbe Road were back to work Tuesday after agreeing to the terms of a new contract with management.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1849, representing the employees at the Lear Romec plant at 241 S. Abbe Road, authorized a strike Sunday night after membership rejected a contract offer from the company.

Officials from Lear Romec and the District 54 Lodge of the IAM-AW, headquartered in Columbus, announced the end of the work stoppage in dual statements Tuesday.

According to the union, the local ratified a four-year contract Monday night, “ending the brief, but effective strike,” District Lodge 54 announced in a news release.

The agreement reached Monday night includes a 10.75 percent wage increase over four years, a $1,500 bonus, a 5 percent cap on employee health care contributions and “added language for job security,” the union said.

The new contract started effective immediately Tuesday, and employees returned to work. They had sought better benefits and to keep their jobs in the area, union steward Mark Butler told The Chronicle-Telegram on Monday.

“After rejecting the company’s last offer, members stood in solidarity on the line enabling leadership to return to the table, address their demands and secure a new agreement for the next four years,” District 54 Lodge President T. Dean Wright Jr. said in the news release. “I would like to thank our brothers and sisters in Local 1849 and business representative Jerry Espy for a job well done.”

Lear Romec, a subsidiary of Crane Aerospace and Electronics, also released a statement Tuesday commenting on the agreement between the parties.

“We are pleased to have worked constructively with the union committee to reach a new agreement,” said John Higgs, plant manager and vice president of fluid management solutions at Crane. “We are committed to our presence here in Northeast Ohio and happy that all of the employees in the Elyria plant are back at work today.”

Lear Romec was founded in 1904 and purchased by Crane in 1990, according to its website. It makes pumps and fluid systems primarily for commercial and military aircraft.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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