Sheet Metal workers reach tentative settlement; withdraw pickets

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Chicago’s Sheet Metal Union Local 73 and the the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) Greater Chicago have reached at tentative settlement, and the union has scheduled a ratification vote today (Tuesday, June 7).

The union has advised its members that pickets can end and workers can return to work under the current contract pending the ratification vote.

The SMACNA Greater Chicago reported on its website:

We will have the new tentative agreement posted as soon as all details have been made clear to both parties. We are hopeful to be able to post the new tentative agreement by noon on Saturday, June 4th. Again, the tentative agreement is contingent upon ratification scheduled for Tuesday June 7, 2017.

In a note to union members, Rocco Terranova, local 73’s president and business manager, wrote: that he and the union’s negotiating team believe the tentative settlement “is a fair and equitable contract.”

“At the present time, I am authorizing all pickets to be taken down and members may return to work at your current wage package,” he wrote, saying that if the settlement vote is not ratified on Tuesday, the union members will return to their strike on Wednesday.

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