Gamesa, USW Approve Three-Year Contract

Spanish-based wind turbine manufacturer’s employees reach agreement on pay raises, bonuses and benefits.

PITTSBURGH - New United Steelworkers (USW) members at Gamesa Inc., a wind turbine manufacturer, in Ebensburg and Fairless Hills, Pa., announced Friday the approval of their first contract by an 80 percent vote.
The three-year agreement allows for significant pay raises, bonuses, and benefit improvements.
“Gamesa is the only major wind turbine manufacturer that produces its blades, nacelles and towers in the United States,” said Tom Conway, USW international vice president. “Our union is proud to partner with Gamesa to further grow their domestic manufacturing base and promote wind energy as a source of clean, renewable energy and good jobs.”
Gamesa, based in Spain, was able to make an investment and create manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania through tax incentives and the adoption of a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for the state urged by Governor Rendell, Environmental Secretary Kathleen McGinty, Pennsylvania’s State Legislature, the Apollo Alliance, and the USW.
The Apollo Alliance is a coalition of labor, environmental, business, and social justice organizations.
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