Johnson Controls, workers reach accord, end strike

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

More than 160 Johnson Controls employees have returned to work after a three-week strike ended Sunday, Sept. 17.

In hope of gaining a new contract, union employees, from left, Dennis Wolfe, of East Berlin, Dave Welsh, of Dover, Scott Berkebile, of Red Lion, and Curtis Ross, of West York, represent the UAW Local 1872 as they stand outside the South Richland Avenue entrance to Johnson Controls in Spring Garden Township, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In a statement, Johnson Controls confirmed that the company's offer to employees at its Grantley location in Spring Garden Township was accepted by United Auto Workers Local 1872.

Employees returned to work Monday, Sept. 18, according to the statement.

The agreement ends a strike that started at midnight  Aug. 27.

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Striking workers stood outside the gates of the facility on South Richland Avenue seemingly all times of the day, including well into the night.

Employees were seeking the elimination of mandatory overtime and more detailed health insurance policies in a new labor contract after its last agreement ended July 28.

David Stauch, president of UAW Local 1872, could not be reached for further details and comment.