A week-long strike was ended Sunday when steelworkers and Allied Tube and Conduit reached an agreement on a new contract.
USW Local 9777, who have worked without a contract for the past year, accepted the new contract after Allied Tube and Conduit agreed to drop plans to freeze pensions, dictate which jobs employees work, and extend shifts to 10-12 hours. In return the workers will pay higher out-of-pocket health expenses and job descriptions will be reduced from 68 to 42 which will increase worker duties.
The four year contract includes a 2 percent raise and signing bonuses. Some of the 460 striking union members returned to work on Monday to prepare the mill for production and the rest will return on Tuesday.
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