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Knapheide, union agree to contract extension, delay strike

Knapheide, union agree to contract extension, delay strike

1 week, 6 days ago by Scott Hardy

Company also releases details of rejected contract offer

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company says that there won't be a strike Monday by members of Machinists Lodge 822.  

The company Friday announced that both sides agreed to extend their current labor deal through November 27th. That agreement happened Thursday, and in a statement, Knapheide says that the extension is designed to give both sides more time, as negotiations continue on a new deal. Knapheide says it's committed to working with the union to find a resolution, in order to avoid a strike. 

Knapheide Thursday also released details of its' four-year offer to Machinists Union 822. The offer includes a 3% pay hike that was due to go into effect Monday, as well as $3,000 lump sum payments in 2020 and 2021. There would also be another 3 % pay hike in 2022. In addition, all union members voting on the proposal would get a $500 signing bonus. Employees working 2nd and 3rd shifts would get an 80 cent per hour increase in their differential pay, starting Monday. There were also increases in paid vacation time for employees after their first and fifth years, and a $50 a week increase in short term disability pay. Medical premiums would also stay the same for 2020 and 2021 as they are this year.  

Union membership overwhelmingly rejected the offer Wednesday night.

 

 

 

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