Clifford-Jacobs and Local Unions come to Agreement

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CHAMPAIGN – Officials for Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company, an IMT Company, announce the company and three union locals have reached a new collective bargaining agreement at its forging operation in Champaign.

Clifford-Jacobs is a member of the IMT Forge Group, a North American manufacturer of forged, heat treated and machined metal components. The company is a leader in the closed died forging of parts for commercial, industrial, military, oil and gas, and aerospace and mining applications.

Unions covered in the Clifford-Jacobs labor contract include International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #601, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, Local #1626 and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local #1000.

The Company and Unions issued the following joint statement:

“We are pleased to confirm that the parties have reached an agreement as to a new labor contract. The skilled employees of Clifford-Jacobs Forging are some of the best in the industry, and the Company and Unions are pleased to have them back at work.

Clifford-Jacobs has been a mainstay in Champaign County for over 90 years. Keeping good jobs in the region is important to all of us -- and everyone has worked diligently to obtain this agreement.

Though the forging industry continues to go through some challenging times, our new contract maintains good compensation and benefits for employees while allowing Clifford-Jacobs to remain competitive in the markets it serves. That is important for customers, employees and the company alike.

Last but not least, we would like to thank Commissioner Conrad Bowling of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. His assistance was invaluable in bringing the parties to a successful resolution.”

More information about Clifford-Jacobs can be found here.

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