Tentative contract reached

Tentative contract reached
 
Date July 01, 2004
Section(s) Local News
   
 
By PETER HUSSMANN

Editor

Maytag Corp. and the UAW announced today that a tentative agreement has been reached on a new four-year contract.

The new agreement, which covers production and maintenance employees at Maytag‘s laundry facility in Newton, is subject to a ratification vote by striking members of UAW Local 997. The vote has been scheduled for noon Friday at the Newton Senior High School, a secretary at the union hall said. Vice President Ted Johnson was unavailable for comment.

No details of the tentative agreement will be released at this time, Maytag spokesperson Lynne Dragomier said today.

“It’s the role of the union leadership to present the contract to the membership,” she said.

Production employees have been on strike since June 10 after extended contract negotiations broke off. Sticking points involved health insurance costs and pension benefits.

Negotiations resumed between the company and union last week. The groups held contract talks with the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service in Chicago last Wednesday and Thursday before announcing that talks would resume this week.

Today marks the end of the third week of the strike, which has idled more than 2,000 production workers.

In addition to the labor work stoppage, Maytag is involved in a major restructuring effort where 1,100 jobs are being cut in an effort to save $150 million in annual costs.

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