The Erie region will know soon if 1,700 union members at the Erie Wabtec plant will ratify a new tentative agreement for their first ever contract with the new owners.

Late last week, company and union bargaining teams reached the tentative four year deal.  It came after a hard fought 128 days of negotiating.

The bargaining committee for UE 506 and UE 618 is recommending approval, but the union will have the final say.

On Tuesday United Electrical Workers in the union locals will hold three special membership meetings at the Bayfront Convention Center.  The meetings are scheduled at 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  At that time they will learn details of the contract terms.

Then members will cast their individual votes at their union hall in Lawrence Park on Wednesday June 12 for 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Erie News Now will plan to announce the results of the vote when they are tabulated.

Both sides made public the information that the deal maintains current wage rates for existing employees, new hires will come in at a lower tier pay but will progress to full wage rates in 10 years, and Wabtec has committed to bring in 100 new jobs by the end of the contract.