The last 25 union members who have not returned to work at Nichols Aluminum in Davenport are expected to do so soon, according to Howard Spoon, president of Teamsters Local 371.

Local 371 represents more than 200 Nichols workers who ratified a new five-year agreement with the company last week.

Spoon said the ratification vote, which took place Thursday and Friday, was overwhelmingly in favor of the new contract.

Company officials could not be reached for comment Monday.

The union staged a nearly 12-week strike earlier this year, walking off the job in late January when contract talks stalled. In mid-April, the union ended the strike and more than half of the union employees were called back to work. That number has grown steadily.

Spoon said the contract include wage increases that will occur the final two years of the five-year contract. In addition, the two sides compromised on healthcare issues and the cost of health care, he said.

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He said the company agreed to allow some employees to be trained to do maintenance and the company also agreed to adjust notification criteria on mandatory overtime.

“Things are changing,” Spoon said. “We are very hopeful we will have (the 25 workers) come back in, in the very near future.”

The union represents about 254 Nichols employees, including 220 union workers. The union had worked without a contract since Nov. 15.

Nichols produces aluminum for customers in the construction industry who manufacture end products such as soffits and downspouts. Parent company Quanex manufactures engineered products and components for the energy-efficient building products markets.

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