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Ingersoll Rand workers approve separation agreement

Manufacturing workers at Ingersoll Rand's Cheektowaga plant approved an agreement covering how they will be compensated until and after the company shuts down production at the facility at the end of July.

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers who work at the Broadway plant voted this week "overwhelmingly" in favor of an effects agreement, which spells out terms of their separation from their employer. The union did not disclosed the exact vote.

The effects agreement covers about 160 of the 300 workers whose jobs will be eliminated when production at the plant is halted. The rest of the workers are not represented by the union. Ingersoll Rand will transfer the majority of the production to North Carolina.

The effects agreement includes a 65 cent per hour pay increase for the workers covered by the deal, and a 10 percent training bonus for all hours spent training. Workers will also earn up to 40 hours pay per year of service, and will keep their medical insurance for three months after the month in which they are separated from the company.

“It’s a shame that these dedicated, highly skilled workers were faced with the important decision they had to make,” said Peter Cooney, Machinists District 65 assistant directing business representative. “The negotiating committee, with tremendous support from the membership, were able to secure a package that these working families deserve.”

The current labor agreement between Ingersoll Rand and the Cheektowaga workers was extended to Nov. 3. The contract was initially scheduled to expire Aug. 5.

Manufacturing at the Broadway site dates back to the 1950s, as Joy Manufacturing. Cooper Industries bought Joy in 1987 and formed the Cooper Turbocompressor Division. The parent company later changed its name to Cameron. Ingersoll Rand bought Cameron's centrifugal compressor division in 2015.

"It’s extremely unfortunate a great workforce like this one has been dealt a plant closure when they worked so hard to make Ingersoll Rand, and their predecessors in Western New York successful since 1957," said Jimmy Conigliaro Sr., Machinists Eastern Territory general vice president.

Ingersoll Rand said it will keep a technology center with about 150 jobs at the Broadway site after it shuts down the manufacturing operations.

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