Honeywell, union workers reach tentative contract agreement

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - It's looking as if a long standoff between Honeywell in Metropolis and more than 220 union workers is all but over.

A Honeywell spokesman announced Tuesday both sides have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract.  The contract is still subject to union ratification.

"Both parties have parties have agreed to remain at the bargaining table to separately negotiate a return-to-work plan," Honeywell spokesman Peter F. Dalpe said in a written statement.  According to Dalpe, the plan "would ensure the orderly transition of work from the plant's temporary workforce to the union hourly employees."

Honeywell locked out more than 220 United Steel Workers Local 7669 employees in June, 2010.  Many had been camped outside the Metropolis plant since then.

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