Machinists Union wanting more transparency from Spirit AeroSystems

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Another union -- this time the Machinists speaking out about what the union says is a lack of openness from Spirit AeroSystems.

The union says the lack of company transparency concerning recent rumors in the workplace is hurting employee morale.

Directing Business Representative for IAM District 70 is Frank Molina. Molina says, "We do have a lack of communication between the Machinists Union and Spirit AeroSystems. We're trying to get the truth and find out exactly what's going on with the company. The company hasn't told us what the end game is, what their intentions are. And we're trying to get to that."

Rumors are spreading faster than a machinist riveting an airplane panel in the factory over a possible sale of the parts fabrication unit and much more.

Molina says there's usually transparent communication between Spirit and the union about company plans. But he says lately there hasn't been open communication.

"In the event that this goes further into an actual loss of a large number of work or employees, we do have language in there that gives us the ability to sit down with the company and argue or negotiate some of that. But it's really not at that point because we don't know what the plan is until we get that."

Molina says union members are flooding the office with calls and emails wanting to know what's true, what isn't, simply wanting to know what's going on where they work.

He says it's gotten to the point some Spirit union members are asking the district to help them find work in one of the other airplane facilities.

"Because a lot of our folks have lost faith in Spirit AeroSystems. And that's a sad truth."

He believes the lack of transparency will impact the company.

"They're going to end up losing some of their good employees and critical employees."

Molina says the IAM has sent letters to Spirit requesting information concerning rumors.

Spirit AeroSystems spokesman Ken Evans says the company doesn't comment on rumors and has no announcements to make at this time.

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