United Steelworks reaches tentative agreement with York employer

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — United Steelworkers Local 7687 announced Wednesday, Aug. 31, that it has reached a tentative agreement on a five-year agreement with BAE Systems that will cover approximately 800 workers at the York plant of the company.

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“After working during the pandemic to manufacture armaments for the military without disruption, USW members at BAE understood what was at stake in these negotiations,” said the USW District 10 Director, Bernie Hall. “They have been awarded a contract that reflects their vital role in safeguarding our national security and contributing to the success of the company.”

In the coming days, United Steelworkers members will review the details of the proposed new contract with their bargaining committee ahead of a ratification vote, which will begin as soon as possible.

A statement from BAE Systems says:

We have reached a tentative agreement with United Steelworkers Local 7687 which supports our key stakeholders and we are currently awaiting ratification of the vote by union members.

Our national security is our imperative, and it is our talented workforce that makes our mission possible. WE look forward to moving forward together as a team to support our armed forces.

Alicia Gray, spokesperson for BAE Systems

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“It is unfortunate that management forced its dedicated workers to the brink of a work stoppage before reaching this agreement,” said USW Local 7687 President Brad Frey, “but USW members have proven that by working together we can overcome any challenge.

The proposed agreement raises wages, strengthens retirement security and improves access to paid leave.