UAW Workers in Indiana Approve Lear Corp. Contract

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP): Workers at a Lear Corporation plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats have approved an agreement that will end a two-tiered pay system.
 
The United Auto Workers said Sunday evening that members of Local 2335 had “overwhelmingly'' approved the four-year contract. It did not give a specific vote count.
 
Workers at the Hammond plant make seats for the Explorer and Taurus models produced at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. The workers went on strike September 13th, but returned to work the next day after the tentative deal was reached.
 
The contract will end a system that locked newer workers into lower wages, and raise the top wage to $21.58 an hour.
 
Local 2335 President Jaime Luna says the deal could help thousands of autoworkers across the country.