Union workers at Sikorsky approve new contract

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 16, 2013 at 9:55 am •  Published: December 16, 2013

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly 4,500 Sikorsky Aircraft workers in Connecticut and Florida began working under a new four-year contract Monday, a day after they approved the deal by an overwhelming margin.

Members of Local 1150 of the Teamsters union voted 2,098 to 66 Sunday in favor of the agreement, which includes a 10 percent wage increase over the life of the contract and $4,000 in signing bonuses, union officials said. The company also agreed to a 15 percent increase in the pension multiplier and a 20 percent increase to the case balance pension.

Sikorsky makes Black Hawk helicopters and is a division of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp. The new contract covers workers at Sikorsky's headquarters in Stratford, Conn., and its development flight center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"Both sides worked hard to reach an agreement that is fair to our employees while helping Sikorsky to remain competitive," the company said in a statement. "The contract ratification comes two months ahead of the expiration of the previous contract and provides labor stability in the midst of a challenging and uncertain economic time for Sikorsky, its customers, and its suppliers."

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