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Monroe County aerospace facility releases statement in connection with labor dispute

MONROE, W.Va. — Collins Aerospace Systems released a statement on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after around 250 workers there went on strike.

Employees of Collins Aerospace Systems, which is in Monroe County, are members of the United Steel Workers. The work stoppage began Monday after workers and the company failed to reach a new agreement on a contract.

The statement from the company read, “We are disappointed that union members failed to ratify the contract. Collins Aerospace presented a fair contract offer that would recognize and reward our employees’ contributions while keeping us competitive, and one that would keep our manufacturing employees amongst the highest paid in the area.”

“In addition to wage increases, we offered lower healthcare premiums, a cash ratification bonus, a cash appreciation award and additional sick leave. Collins has a structure in place to continue operations and we do not expect this to impact delivering on our commitments to our customers.”

The workers were locked out of the workplace.





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