Today, representatives of Honeywell’s Buffalo Research Lab and United Steelworkers Local 8823 will begin early bargaining on a new contract for our employees at the request of the union. The company intends to bargain in good faith to pursue a new labor agreement that supports the competitiveness of the Buffalo site, positions it for long-term sustainability, and is fair to employees. The current three-year contract expires on June 12, 2014. Site leadership urges all employees to work safely at all times during this early bargaining period.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Buffalo Research Lab Bargaining Process
Which union is involved in this contract negotiation?
The bargaining unit is represented by the United Steel Workers Union Local 8823. This bargaining unit includes 70 of the 142 workers at the site.
When does the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expire?
The current three-year agreement does not expire until 11:59 p.m. on June 12, 2014.
When does bargaining start for a new contract?
The union requested and the company agreed to begin negotiations early in the hopes of reaching an agreement well in advance of the current contract’s June 12 expiration. The two sides will exchange proposals and start negotiations over those proposals for two weeks, beginning on March 25.
What happens if the two sides do not come to an agreement during these early negotiations?
If the two sides are unable to reach an agreement on a new labor contract during this two week period, the company and the union will bargain according to its original schedule in advance of the current contract’s expiration on June 12. These negotiations would likely begin on May 26.
What is the company’s objective in the upcoming negotiations?
The company’s objective is to achieve a new labor agreement that supports the competitiveness of the Buffalo Research Lab, positions it for long-term sustainability, and is fair to employees.