Local members of a union representing 700 Westinghouse Electric Corp. manufacturing workers voted yesterday to ratify a tentative agreement reached with the company last week.
Local 130 of the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers accepted the three-year contract "by a substantial yes vote. It wasn't close," said local president Rick O'Leary, whose members work at Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group in Linthicum.
Company officials have said the contract gives workers three pay increases and five cost of living raises, totaling about 13 percent over three years; a more comprehensive medical plan and new wellness and preventive care plans.
But O'Leary said the union was unable tonegotiate the health-care benefits it wanted and workers must contribute more to their health plans.
"I don't think we're overly thrilled with the contract, but in this day and age you have to call it fair," O'Leary said. "I don't think it was something we could strike over."
Members of Local 130 are the first to accept the contract, which locals nationally must ratify. If others reject it, local 130 could vote to reject it as well. O'Leary said he thought that unlikely.