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Wabtec union workers ratify new contract, ending strike

By: - August 31, 2023 8:46 pm

Wabtec HQ in Pittsburgh (Capital-Star photo)

A few days shy of Labor Day, union workers at the Erie plant of Wabtec Corp. ratified a new contract on Thursday, ending a strike that had lasted more than two months.

The 1,400 members of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America union (UE), Locals 506 and 618 had been on strike since June 22.They make Wabtec’s locomotive engines.

“This contract represents a substantial improvement over what Wabtec had on the table in June,” UE Local 506 President Scott Slawson said in a statement. “We are proud of the resolve of the membership over 70 days on the picket line. As a result of the action taken by our members, we made both economic and non-economic gains. The membership has voted to ratify this agreement. It’s time to get back to work.”

Wabtec said in a statement that the company was pleased the union members had ratified the contract. “We look forward to having our employees back, working on the innovative technologies that help drive our customers’ success, while also contributing to a cleaner planet. Together, we will continue to deliver on customer commitments.”

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Kim Lyons
Kim Lyons

Kim is a veteran western Pennsylvania journalist who has covered people and trends in politics and business for local and national publications.