Honeywell, locked out workers reach deal

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS/AP) - Nearly 230 workers locked out for more than a year from a southern Illinois plant that helps enrich uranium will vote early next week on a new 3-year contract proposal.

A company statement has been released:

"The company and union representatives today completed negotiations on a new three-year agreement as well as a separate negotiation on a return to work plan. The union has advised the company that it will present the agreement to its membership for a ratification vote on Tuesday.  The company is pleased to have reached this agreement, which we believe is fair and equitable to employees and will help reverse operating losses and support the long-term viability of the facility."

Both sides are withholding public details of the contract, pending the ratification vote. The union local's president, Darrell Lillie, says the deal crucially protects the workers' seniority and offers a 3% raise over the contract's 3-year span.

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