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$1.50 Wage Hike
Reached by Local 155
In Contract with Laneko


Laneko Engineering Co. employees, members of Machine Tool & Die Local 155, ratified a new three-year agreement by a two-to-one margin on Oct. 1. The contract will raise the average rate of $14.37 by 50 cents each year.

Laneko workers build tools and dies and produce metal stampings primarily for the auto industry and perform precision machining of custom components for aerospace and other applications. The contract covers 105 workers at Laneko locations here and in Montgomeryville.

These members of amalgamated UE Local 155 gain a personal holiday, the tenth paid holiday; a new provision for a one-day paid funeral leave for an employee’s sibling, grandparent, mother-in-law or father-in-law; and a fourth week of vacation after 15 years of service.


In addition, the contract increases sickness and accident benefit, currently $250, by $50, $25 and $25; $2,000 is added to the life insurance, currently $10,000. The basic dental coverage is upgraded to a much better comprehensive plan. Insurance coverage for sickness and accident absences is expanded from three months to six months.

Language gains include written bids for job openings during the five-day posting periods, limits on the retention of unit seniority to one year for members who accept jobs outside the unit, and payment of pro-rated vacation for employees who die, retire or voluntarily leave employment.

Employees will now contribute $8 per week towards the cost of insurance premiums, as the employer faced an immediate 10.7 percent increase over last year’s costs, but will see a benefit from the vastly improved family dental plan.

The UE Laneko shop committee consists of Chief Steward Max Baughman, Geoff Olson, John Klatcher, Engineering Second Shift Steward Bill Hunt and Precision Steward Florian Kempf. They were assisted by Field Org. Jim Ermi.

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