A workers strike for higher wages at the Lear Corp. plant in Hammond, Indiana has ended.
Hundreds of workers walked off the job Saturday morning at Lear's Hammond facility, which makes seats for Explorer and Taurus vehicles produced at Ford's Chicago assembly plant. The employees, many of whom earn a base hourly wage between $11 and $14, took to the picket lines to protest Lear's efforts to "permanently hold down wages, effectively redefining auto jobs ... as low-wage jobs," according to a release from the workers union, UAW Local 2335.
The strike ended Sunday after workers reached a tentative contract agreement with Lear, a union representative said.
"The agreement shows that when workers stick together, we can win higher wages that help us support our families," said UAW Local 2335 President Jaime Luna, an employee at the Hammond Lear plant for 19 years. "The agreement is a victory not just for the 760 workers at our plant, but for thousands of auto workers across the country who do the same hard work we do and want to be able to reach the middle class."
Details of the agreement will be released following contract ratification by UAW Local 2335 members, according to the union.