Machinists Union to Sue Spirit AeroSystems

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WASHINGTON, D.C. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers will sue Spirit AeroSystems over the company’s plans to outsource jobs.

“The new leadership at Spirit AeroSystems is embarking on the same misguided approach that caused customers to wait an extra two years for Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries,” said IAM International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger. “IAM-represented employees have shown time and again that they are the best aerospace workers in the world. They are the right choice to make Spirit AeroSystems successful for customers and shareholders.”

Spirit Spokesman, Ken Evans told KAKE News, "Spirit is in full compliance with our union contracts, and by standard practice, does not comment or speculate about rumors or pending litigation."

Spirit employees in Wichita build fuselage sections for all current Boeing programs, which includes the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft; nacelle, strut and pylon components for the 737, 747,767 and 777; as well as components for the Bombardier C Series and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet.

The IAM represents approximately 7,200 workers at Spirit AeroSystems .

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