Arbitrator: Delphi broke union deal

DAYTON (AP) -- Delphi Corp.'s Harrison Thermal Systems Division violated a union agreement with job cuts that left plants in two Ohio cities with less that 1,500 workers, an arbitrator ruled.
The ruling Monday also ordered the Delphi management and the International Union of Electrical Workers to meet within 60 days to discuss the future of the company's plants in suburban Moraine and Kettering.
Delphi, a Troy, Mich.-based auto parts supplier, cut 550 jobs at the plants this year.
Ron Gilvin, president of IUE Local 801, said the company should either bring back the jobs or put them in a job bank and pay the workers until 2011 when the job security agreement in the current contract expires.
Delphi officials could not be reached to comment Tuesday.
The dispute revolved around a 1996 agreement by the union to a two-tier wage plan in exchange for the guarantee that jobs not fall below 1,500.
Delphi has argued that the 1,500 job clause was part of a nonbinding memo of understanding that was not included in the union's contract.

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