Workers voting on proposed Lear Corp contract

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats have begun voting on a tentative agreement that ended a one-day strike.

United Auto Workers Local 2335 Vice President Hanif Hassan says about 760 union members began voting Sunday afternoon, but the results would not be available until the evening.

He says "we're eagerly awaiting the outcome of the vote."

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.

The tentative contract would end a system that locks newer workers into lower wages and raise the top wage to $21.58 an hour.