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February 27, 2013

Channellock, union reach contract agreement

MEADVILLE — Channellock Inc., the Meadville-based maker of pliers and other hand tools, has reached agreement on a new contract with United Steel Workers.

A company official Tuesday confirmed a new two-year contract has been reached with Local 1917-3 of the United Steel Workers.

The previous two-year contract between the union and Channellock expired at midnight Feb. 10. However, both sides agreed to an extension of that contract until midnight Feb. 24 while talks continued.

Marc Johnston, Channellock’s director of work force development, said in a brief statement a new two-year contract had been approved by the union.

“As always we will not comment on specifics of the contract,” Johnston said Tuesday.

Tribune calls to George Bryan Jr., president of Local 1917-3, weren’t returned.

The contract covers 262 unionized workers at Channellock, the Meadville area’s largest industrial employer. It has about 360 total employees at two plants — South Main Street in Meadville and Route 102 in Vernon Township.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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