Second Westinghouse Union Ratifies 3-year Contract

September 10, 1991

The second of three unions representing workers at Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group in Linthicum has ratified a tentative agreement reached with the company late last month.

By a 191-9 vote, Local 1805 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers accepted athree-year labor contract Sunday night. It gives employees pay and cost-of-living raises, a more comprehensive medical plan and a simplified pension plan.

The local represents 1,400 workers in skilled technical jobs.

Other IBEW locals that work for Westinghouse Electric Corp. across the country had also ratified the contract by Sunday, said Gladys D. Greene, Local 1805 president.

Greene said her members were satisfiedwith the new contract.

"You never get everything you want, but wecan live with this," she said yesterday.

"There were not a large amount of take-aways, and there were improvements in many areas. There was no time lost from work due to a strike. That's what I promised and delivered."

Another union local, representing 700 manufacturing workers in Linthicum, had voted to accept the contract last week. Local 130 of the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers was joined by 18 locals nationally in ratifying the agreement by Sunday, said Rick O'Leary, Local 130 president.

Though the union was unable to negotiate the health care benefits it wanted, members never considered striking over the terms,O'Leary said.

A third union, the Salaried Employees Association, has scheduled a membership vote for Friday. Officials at SEA, which has 1,850 members in clerical and technical jobs, could not be reachedyesterday.

Contracts for the three unions, which represent about a third of Westinghouse employees at the plants near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, expired Aug. 25.

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