An 11-month strike at headwear producer New Era Cap Company is over after bosses and union leaders reached a tentative four-year contract agreement which provides for higher wages and health insurance contributions.

The agreement between executives at the New York-based company and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is being recommended to New Era's 330 workers at the plant after almost a year of industrial disruption.

"New Era is pleased that we have reached an agreement that meets the needs of the company and our workers," said New Era president Chris Koch. "This agreement shows New Era is committed to Western New York, its employees and the Derby community."

Jane Howald, CWA local president, added: "This contract represents the culmination of a substantial effort of nearly two years by our members and their supporters to reach agreement on a contract that meets our needs with respect to health and safety issues and wages."

New Era is the exclusive supplier of Major League Baseball's on-field caps and also has production facilities in Buffalo and Alabama.