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Tentative agreement reached between Ingersoll Rand, union

A tentative agreement was reached late Friday afternoon between Ingersoll Rand and the union representing 240 workers on a nearly monthlong strike at its Cheektowaga plant, union officials confirmed Monday.

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers went on strike Aug. 10 after a contract extension expired and workers rejected the company’s latest offer. Peter Cooney, a representative of the union’s District 65, said members are scheduled to vote Thursday on the tentative agreement.

“That just shows the strength of labor in this community,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, as he marched Monday in the annual Labor Day parade. “In other areas, you see strikes and they never end. And here, you have a fairly short strike that’s resulting in a tentative agreement that seems to be a good one for all.”

The Cheektowaga plant designs and makes air and gas compressors for applications including industrial plants. The two sides are at odds over health care costs and the company’s push to implement mandatory overtime and a two-tier wage system.

This is the first contract negotiation since Ingersoll Rand completed its deal for Cameron International Corp.’s centrifugal compressor division in January. Ingersoll Rand paid $850 million for the division.

The Broadway facility was once home to Joy Manufacturing. Cooper Industries acquired Joy in 1987 and the company later changed its name to Cameron.