Members of three unions recently ratified a new three-year contract with Lufkin Industries. The agreement, reached after three days of voting, will give 1,200 workers at five Texas plants wage increases totaling 11% over the term of the contract.
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 587, International Association of Machinists (IAM) Local 1999 and Glass, Molders, Pottery and Plastics Workers Local 429 voted in favor of the contract. It covers production and maintenance workers at Lufkin’s five manufacturing facilities in Texas.
According to an IAM official, the new contract will also increase employee contributions toward health care premiums and will give one additional week of vacation to workers with more than 10 years of seniority.
Also, the unions succeeded in blocking Lufkin’s proposal to change production schedules to 12-hour shifts.
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