In the latest correspondence between Honeywell’s Metropolis Works and United Steel Workers Local 7-669, a letter was sent by Plant Manager Jim Pritchett informing USW President Stephen Lech union members will soon receive notifications informing them their company-provided benefits — life, short-term and long-term disability insurance — has ended as of Aug. 2, when the work stoppage began.
The letter, which was released to media Monday by Honeywell Spokesperson Peter Dalpe, states union employees will continue to receive healthcare benefits through the company through Aug. 31.
“If a new contract is ratified by the union membership prior to Sept. 1, health insurance will continue without any interruption,” writes Pritchett.
Last Wednesday, another letter was sent to Honeywell’s colleagues regarding safety when entering and exiting the plant. Pritchett says two safety signs were placed along U.S. 45 reminding drivers to slow down and exercise caution while driving past the picket line.
“We respect the union’s right to conduct lawful picketing and would ask them in turn to be mindful of traffic and keep an especially close watch on children, if they bring them to the picket line,” says Pritchett.
Talks between USW union members and Honeywell will resume Monday, Aug. 18.