Libbey, Unions Reach Contract Agreement

Agreements provide wage increases of 5 percent over three years and other benefits
October 26, 2016Allison Zisko

libbeylogoTOLEDO, Ohio—Glassmaker Libbey has negotiated agreements with four trade unions at its Toledo plant that had been on strike for almost two weeks.

Workers were concerned about three main contract issues—mandatory overtime, raises and the plant’s attendance policy.

Agreements with GMP Local 59, IAM Lodge 105, USW Local 700T and USW Local 65T unions provide wage increases of 5 percent over three years, competitive health and retirement benefits, and compromises around improved attendance and overtime policies, Libbey said in a statement. The agreements also provide reinstatement of company-paid healthcare benefits retroactive to October 12, 2016, when union members walked off the job.

“Libbey has negotiated in good faith with union leadership since contract talks began in September, and is pleased to end the strike and reach agreements that enhance Libbey’s global leadership position,” the company said.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor
azisko@hfnmag.com

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.

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