Ingersoll Rand machinists reach tentative agreement to end strike

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A strike that sidelined more than 200 skilled machinists at a local factory could soon be over.

Nearly a month passed after union representatives of the Local 330 decided to go on strike due to unsuccessful negotiations with Ingersoll Rand, a Cheektowaga plant. Now, company officials signal a standoff could soon be over.

“A tentative agreement was reached between Ingersoll Rand and the union for our engineered centrifugal compression facility in Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday, September 4,” A company spokesperson wrote. “We remain hopeful for a final resolution to bring our team together again.”

In August when the union officially voted to strike, Ingersoll Rand representatives said they intended to continue production without their employees, but did hope to see their employees return to work.

Union representatives say the fight is over fair wages for highly skilled workers. 

Intersoll Rand purchased its Cheektowaga plant in January from Cameron in a $16 million deal.

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