BRADDOCK, PA – Pennsylvania U.S. Senator John Fetterman on Friday released the following statement after the UE Local 506 and 618 workers in Erie who have been on strike from Wabtec for over two months ratified a new labor agreement with the company, ending the strike:
“I am very glad that the UE workers and Wabtec were able to reach a deal this week. The strikers and their families made a real sacrifice in walking the picket line for over 70 days, and the deal they reached and ratified is a massive improvement over their previous working conditions.
“This is the power of a union, and this is what happens when workers stand together and fight for better working conditions and benefits.
“I’d also like to thank Wabtec for continuing to negotiate in good faith and reaching a deal with the union. Now let’s get these men and women back to where they wanted to be all along – back at work.”