Libbey, Unions Reach Contract Agreement

Agreements provide wage increases of 5 percent over three years and other benefits
Posted on October 26, 2016 by Allison 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.

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