Ed Gebert/Times Bulletin Workers pass one another as they stop at the UAW Union Hall on Pleasant St. Friday afternoon to vote on the revised contract with Federal-Mogul Corporation. The revised contract passed after voting was concluded on Saturday.
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin News Writer
For the second time in just over a week, United Steelworkers Local 14742 has approved a new four-year contract with Federal-Mogul. A second vote became necessary after it was discovered that effective dates on wages were understood differently by each side.
Local President Pat Herman told The Times Bulletin that the attitude toward the deal by the rank and file did not change much, even with the second balloting.
"The details we announced at the first ratification meeting last Sunday," Hermon explained. "We found out shortly afterward that the information we passed out to the membership was incorrect. If we came up with anything other than what we told them, we had to revote. I think people understood that, and with that being the only change from what we had voted on before, people came into it with the same mind set as they did before."
The original contract was set to run out on Nov. 8 before the workers ratified a new deal by a reported two-to-one margin just over a week ago.
Herman noted that each side worked toward a suitable deal that would keep the Federal-Mogul plant operating in Van Wert. One of the key issues was health care coverage.
"We did come out of this without as good of an insurance benefit as we had," said Herman. "But we were able to get some wages over the life of the contract to try to help offset part of that. Hopefully for the long-term of the factory for everybody's sake, it's a package that is fair to both sides that will keep the plant open for a long time."