The Joliet machinists' Inc. is over; a new six-year contract was approved today.
The deal, broked by district representatives for the 780 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, calls for wages of upper tier employees to have their wages frozen while second-tier workers hired after May 2005 will received 3 percent raises, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.
Health care premiums will double, pensions will be eliminated and seniority rights would be diminished, the story said.
However, workers will receive a $3,100 signing bonus.
According the Trib story, the vote was close and many workers were angered that the 3-month strike netted a deal that was similar to one .