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Johnson Controls, UAW reach 5-year York contract deal

By , - Last modified: July 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Milwaukee-based manufacturer Johnson Controls Inc. said today it has reached a five-year contract agreement with the union representing workers at its York County facility.

Johnson Controls and United Auto Workers Local 1872 had been negotiating last week ahead of a Friday deadline, at which time the previous three-year collective bargaining agreement for the union would expire.

“Johnson Controls and members of the UAW Local 1872 reached a five year labor agreement, which is mutually beneficial to all parties and includes annual wage increases,” Manufacturing Operations Director Rich Smith said in an emailed statement.

The company did not release further details of the agreement.

Union officials did not return multiple calls for comment on the negotiations and the contract. It previously said pensions, health insurance, wages and vacation time were key issues.

Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of automotive electronics and batteries, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, has facilities in Spring Garden Township. The company’s building efficiency segment is centered there, designing HVAC equipment for global projects. Johnson Controls also is a significant defense contractor and has its Navy Systems unit in York County, too.

Last week, Johnson Controls received a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the building efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The project will cut fossil fuel use by 72 percent and save more than $264 million.

The company trades its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol JCI.


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