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October 9, 2012

MW Industries workers OK four-year contract

Deal offers small raise, changes in insurance cost.

LOGANSPORT — Hourly workers at MW Industries Inc. OK’d a four-year contract Sunday. Representatives of United Steelworkers Local 3261 had been in negotiations with the company for three weeks before reaching a tentative agreement Oct. 1.

Steve Miller, president of Local 3261, said the negotiations involved health insurance and wages. He said the new contract included some changes in expenses the workers would pay and wages they would receive.  

“There were slight raises out of our weekly contribution, and there were also raises in the out-of-pocket expense,” Miller said. “And we also had slight wage increases.”

While the contract did not meet all of the workers’ goals, Miller said, the union agreed to its terms.  

“By the votes, it’s not a perfect contract, but it’s something people can live with,” Miller said. Miller said the agreement headed off a possible strike.

“If we wouldn’t have reached a tentative agreement before the expiration, then that would have been a possibility,” he said.

John Lendel, general manager of the Logansport plant, said he was pleased with the negotiations and the contract.

“I thought there was many things that had to be looked at between the employees and the company, and we negotiated a fair contract for both sides,” he said.

Miller added that he wanted to thank the community and the union membership for their support. “It was greatly appreciated,” he said.

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