Communications and Training Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CHANNELLOCK INC. AND UNITED STEEL WORKERS REACH TWO-YEAR AGREEMENT
MEADVILLE, Pa. (February 16, 2015) – Channellock Inc., the company best known for its American-made tongue and groove pliers, announced that members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1917-3 have voted to ratify a two-year collective bargaining agreement. The union represents nearly 300 Channellock Inc. associates.
The new agreement, which runs from February 17, 2015 through February 16, 2017, includes an increase in hourly wages during both the first and second year.
Channellock Inc. has also agreed to additional investment in the enhancement of associates’ skills through continued education and training. These expanded training programs will ensure that Channellock Inc. has highly skilled associates that will continue to produce the highest quality products for generations to come. Examples include the Certified Production Technician and the addition of the Mechatronics Class 5 for associates that have completed the Mechatronics apprenticeship program. Associates who complete certifications will earn greater advancement opportunities.
The new agreement does not just focus on the skills of Channellock Inc. associates. It also continues to strengthen the company wellness program. This program is an investment into the health and well-being of those who are a part of the company and helps to contain healthcare costs for both Channellock Inc. and its associates.
“Our associates are the key to the success of Channellock Inc.,” said Jonathan DeArment, president and COO. “I am pleased that we have come to a fair agreement that benefits both Channellock Inc. and our associates. I appreciate the USW’s efforts to work with management through this process.”
Founded in 1886, Channellock, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of high-quality pliers and assorted hand tools. For more information on CHANNELLOCK® products, rich history, sales contacts and current news, visit CHANNELLOCK at www.channellock.com.