USW reaches agreement with local company
By Kalea Hall
The United Steelworkers Local 0621 on Friday reached a tentative agreement for a five-year contract with the Comprehensive Logistics’ Source Providers plant in Austintown.
The agreement for about 450 members includes increases in wages, a signing bonus if the contract is ratified and provisions for retirement, Jose Arroyo, USW business representative for the Youngstown-Warren area, said.
Arroyo did not want to provide specifics of the contract until it is voted on by members. The ratification vote will be within 10 days after the contract is presented to the membership.
“I believe that Source Providers has made a real commitment to the workers at 0621 facility and I feel personally positive about this,” Arroyo said.
Workers at the plant, located at 365 Victoria Road, have been working under an extended contract. The contract expired in late October, but it was extended through Dec. 6.
“It was a lot of hard bargaining, but in the end they made a commitment to us,” Arroyo said.
Negotiations lasted more than a month.
Source Providers does sequencing for the Lordstown General Motors Assembly Plant where the Chevrolet Cruze is built.
Based on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, Comprehensive provides “high-volume, high-velocity, highly complex warehouse management; sub-assembly manufacturing; and transportation and yard management services,” according to the company’s website. It manages 14 operations throughout North America. Its services include supply-chain engineering, facility design and parts sequencing.
The company could not be reached for comment Friday about the tentative agreement with the USW.