Hermitage company, union agree to 5-year pact

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A Hermitage company has reached a five-year contract agreement with its union workers that includes wage increases, a signing bonus and a possible two-year extension.

IUE-CWA Local 648 ratified the agreement with CCL Container on Friday by a vote of 148 to 36, according to negotiating team member Jeff Smegal. Negotiations have been ongoing for two months.

He said workers will receive a 20-cent per hour increase every January for the life of the contract, as well as a percentage increase every July. The percentage increase will be 3.5 percent this year, 3 percent in 2014, 2.5 percent in 2015 and 2 percent for the last two years.

Smegal said the contract also includes a shelf agreement that the contract will be extended for another two years if the company breaks ground on an expansion and installs two new lines as planned.

CCL Container manufactures aluminum cans for hair products, automotive products and cooking sprays, aluminum bottles for energy drinks and aluminum sports bottles. The Hermitage facility is the only one in the United States. The company also has facilities in Canada and Mexico.

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