Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Colt-Auto Workers Accord

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Colt-Auto Workers Accord

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Ending a 50-month dispute, United Auto Workers Local 376 and the Colt Industries' Firearms Division currently organized as the Colt Manufacturing Co.) reached an agreement that provided union members with a $13 million settlement, including $10 million in backpay, and recall rights to return to work. The settlement covers approximately 1,050 workers who had been employed at the company's facilities in Hartford and West Hartford, CT. The Colt Manufacturing Co. was formed recently when the State of Connecticut, striking Automobile Workers members, and other investors purchased the firearms division of Colt Industries. The genesis of the contract settlement was a finding issued last year by a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge who held that the work stoppage "was caused and prolonged by the company's unfair labor practices," that Colt "forced (the union) into an unwanted strike because the company was unlawfully undermining its bargaining and representation position," and that the company had offered "inducements to employees to abandon the union." The judge ordered Colt to offer "immediate and full reinstatement to all strikers" who had not already returned to work.

About 1,050 Automobile Workers members at Colt had walked off their jobs January 24, 1986, almost 10 months after their contract expired, in a dispute primarily over wages and fringe benefits. …

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