UAW workers to vote on proposed Lear Corp contract

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Workers at a northwestern Indiana Lear Corp. plant that makes automotive seats are preparing to vote on a tentative agreement that ended a one-day strike.

United Auto Workers spokesman Sam Knowles says about 760 union members will begin voting Sunday afternoon on the tentative contract. Voting will continue into Sunday evening.

Workers at the Hammond plant about 30 miles southeast of Chicago make seats for the Explorer and Taurus models produced at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. They went on strike Sept. 13, but returned to work the next day after the tentative deal was reached.

UAW Local 2335 President Jaime Luna says the tentative agreement would end a system that locks newer workers into lower wages and raises the top wage to $21.58 an hour.