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Ingersoll Rand workers reject offer

Striking workers at Ingersoll Rand’s Cheektowaga plant on Thursday rejected a tentative deal with the company and have returned to the picket line.

“We’ve notified the company and told them we’re ready and willing to continue bargaining,” said Peter Cooney, District 65 representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents about 240 employees at the Broadway plant.

Cooney declined to reveal the vote percentages, but he said it was “a closer margin than the last vote.” He said workers have objected to the company’s push for mandatory overtime and its health insurance proposal.

The two sides reached a tentative agreement last Friday. The workers have been on strike since Aug. 10.

The Ingersoll Rand plant designs and makes air and gas compressors for applications including industrial plants.