Canadian Manufacturing

Workers at Indiana Lear plant ‘overwhelmingly’ approve deal

Lear plant in northwestern Indiana home to seat assembly for Ford Explorer, Taurus models

HAMMOND, Ind.—Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats have approved an agreement that will end a two-tiered pay system.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union said members of Local 2335 had “overwhelmingly” approved the four-year contract.

It did not give a specific vote count.

Workers at the Hammond plant make seats for the Explorer and Taurus models produced at Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago Assembly Plant.

The workers went on strike Sept. 13, but returned to work the next day after the tentative deal was reached.

The contract will end a system that locked newer workers into lower wages, and raise the top wage to US$21.58 an hour.

Local 2335 president Jaime Luna says the deal could help thousands of autoworkers across the country.

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