Visteon Corp. and one of its labor unions went back to the bargaining table last week after workers at the Connersville, Ind., factory overwhelmingly rejected the company's contract offer.
Job security and the structure of benefits are the major issues, says Henry Reichard, chairman of the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers/Communications Workers of America.
Workers voted 1,174 to 385 to reject the two-year deal that union leaders had recommended. The previous five-year deal expired June 30, and the two sides reached a tentative deal July 1.
Connersville, which makes radiators and evaporators, is one of two Visteon plants where workers are represented by the IUE/CWA. The other is in Bedford, Ind. Both plants remain part of Visteon, of Van Buren Township, Mich., under terms of a May agreement that will return 24 plants to Ford Motor Co.
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