After 200-Plus Days on Strike, UAW Local 171 Wins New Contract


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UAW Local 171 members that work at Sherwin-Williams Co. in Williamsport, Maryland, have proven the old labor adage “One Day Longer” true once again. After walking the picket lines on strike for over 200 days, workers have won a new agreement with significant contractual gains.

The three-year contract includes an increase in starting wages and top pay, as well as improved pension multipliers. The wage progression to top pay was also reduced from three years to two.

Another major win for Local 171 members is that the entire time workers spent on strike will count towards their seniority for pensions, vacation, disciplinary action, and seniority.

“I want to commend these brave UAW members for their resilience,” said Region 8 Director, Tim Smith. “They were on strike since November of last year, and they absolutely refused to allow the challenges of a prolonged strike to break their solidarity. It’s a testament to their commitment to one another.”

“Region 8 would like to thank all those who stood in solidarity with our members and their families this entire time with donations, as well as their prayers,” Assistant Director George Palmer said. “Thank you to all of the retirees and active members who stood on the picket lines in support of Local 171 as well. Today we celebrate another victory in collective bargaining.”

The Williamsport-area plant makes paint products for Sherwin-Williams Co.

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