DowDuPont workers at the company's Yerkes plant in the Town of Tonawanda have ratified a four-year contract.
Members of United Steelworkers of America Local 6992 on Friday voted 153-38 in favor of the four-year deal. "It is a good agreement for the workers we represent and the company," said Gary Guralny, president of the local. The union represents more than 320 hourly workers at the plant.
The DowDuPont plant makes Tedlar, a thin film used in applications like solar panels, and Corian, a material used in tabletops.
The contract includes a 3 percent signing bonus, a 1.5 percent wage increase each of the four years, and new wage rates on some jobs for new employees, but not current employees.
"I am pleased that the union membership voted to accept the new contract and look forward to working together to meet the needs of our customers, employees and other stakeholders," said Warren Hoy, the plant manager.
While the negotiations were under way, Dow and DuPont completed a "merger of equals" that included the DuPont plant in Tonawanda. Long-range plans call for the newly merged company to split into three independent companies, with the Tonawanda site joining a specialty products company.