Strike Is Over At Eaton As Union Agrees To New Contract
On February 17, 2022, nearly 400 union members at Eaton in Davenport went on strike. A little over 2 months later, there is a new contract in place and those union members are back to work.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) released the following statement:
“A strike has ended for more than 400 Machinists Union Local 388 and Local 1191 (District 6) members who work at Eaton Mission Systems Division of Davenport. The new contract includes improved wages and other items that will positively affect our members, their families, and the community.
“We are proud of our members for standing strong and fighting for a contract to improve their lives. Our members build world-class products at Eaton Mission Systems. They look forward to getting back to work beginning tomorrow. We want to thank the Quad Cities community for their commitment and support during this process.”
Eaton, a global company with nearly 90,000 total employees posted recent record results in the 4th quarter. While Eaton Quad Cities has nearly 400 union workers, they also employ nearly 500 nonunion workers.
While Eaton used salary employees and was actively trying to hire replacement workers for the IAM members on strike, the union remained solidified in their search for a new contract.
With the strike over the workers are back inside Eaton and back to work in Davenport.
The next large union in the Quad Cities with a contract coming up will be Arconic in May. Will this be agreed upon before the workers take to the lines, or will it be another (much like Deere and Eaton) 2-month strike in the Quad Cities?