Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Ohio at Toledo.
No. 3:16-cv-01925—James G. Carr, District Judge.
Argued: October 10, 2017
Decided and Filed: November 8, 2017
Before: COLE, Chief Judge; ROGERS and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges
COLE, Chief Judge. This is a too-familiar story. For almost 40 years, Honeywell
International (or its predecessors) operated a manufacturing plant in Fostoria, Ohio. Many union
workers, including Ann Watkins and James Ulicny, spent most of their working years at the
plant. They retired at a time when Honeywell promised in a collective-bargaining agreement
that it would pay for their health insurance. But Honeywell’s plans for Fostoria changed. When
the final agreement expired in 2011, Honeywell did not renew it. It sold the plant and, later,
stopped paying for its retirees’ healthcare. Those retirees, no doubt feeling like the rug had been
pulled out from under them, filed suit seeking to require Honeywell to continue to pay. The
district court found that Honeywell’s promise to pay for healthcare ended when the agreement
expired and dismissed the suit. The agreement promises healthcare “for the duration of this
Agreement,” and this promise means exactly that: Honeywell’s obligation to pay for its Fostoria
retirees’ healthcare ended when the agreement expired. We affirm.