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Union workers ratify new contract with Amherst's Nordson Corporation, ending 2-week strike

The union workers had been on strike since Monday, Nov. 14. They will report back to their normal shifts on Wednesday.

AMHERST, Ohio — More than 130 union workers at Nordson Corporation in Amherst are heading back to work after settling a two-week strike.

On Tuesday, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local 1802 (District 54) announced that it had voted to ratify a new contract with Nordson's Industrial Coatings Systems (ICS) division. 

According to a release from the IAM Local 1802, the new contract features "critical improvements from previous rejected company offers, including better mandatory overtime policies, higher wage increases beginning with a 7% raise in the first year, retirement plan improvements, and a health insurance cost freeze."

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our union employees. We look forward to getting back to normal operations,” said David Titone, vice president and division leader of Nordson's ICS division, in a statement to 3News.

The union workers had been on strike since Monday, Nov. 14. They will resume work at Nordson on Wednesday. 

“IAM Local 1802 members held the line and stood strong for a better life for themselves, their families and the community,” said IAM District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. “They can be proud of the solidarity they have shown, which will result in key improvements and serve as a framework for even stronger contracts in the future.”

Nordson ICS and IAM Local 1802 negotiate contracts every three years.

IAM members at the Nordson Corp. manufacture products used for dispensing adhesives, coatings, sealing and more for end products that include packaging, electronics and medical equipment.

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