Bombardier Learjet, Machinists Reach Tentative Agreement

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

After striking for more than a month, it looks like there may an end in sight for Bombardier Machinists Union members.

KAKE News spoke with union members minutes after they heard what they're calling, good news.

For five weeks, Donna Johnson has walked the line. Which means her family has had to go without her usual paycheck.

“It's been hard for me because my husband fell off a ladder and broke his back just before this started. So I’m behind on bills anyway but I believe in the union. I believe in the cause,” Donna Johnson said.

October 8th, Johnson and her fellow union members went on strike, after voting down the contract offered up by Bombardier Learjet. Their main issue with the offer was health care coverage.

“It's about our rights and what we worked so hard for. I've been out here 21 years and I’ve worked hard for my benefits and they want to take away and we don't believe they should take away,” Johnson said.

But Johnson may be able to hang up her strike vest soon. Bombardier Learjet and the Machinists Union went back to the negotiating table this week with the help of a federal mediator. Both sides say, they've reached a tentative agreement. Even though the union isn't releasing any details about the contract just yet, some members are already celebrating.

“I was happy,” union member Jason Hull said.

“Oh I was excited. I hope it's a big change. I hear there's improvements and any improvement is a positive note,” Johnson said.

Union leaders are expected to release details on the offer Friday morning. Members will vote on it this Saturday 11 AM to 2 PM at the Machinists Union District Headquarters.

We're told the union's negotiating committee is recommending they pass this new company offer.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bombardier Learjet and the Machinists Union have reached a tentative contract agreement that could end a month-long strike.

Union Spokesman Bob Wood told KAKE News Thursday evening federal mediators worked with the company and the union to reach the tentative agreement.

Members will get their first look at the proposal Friday, Wood said, and a vote will be held at the International Association of Machinists district headquarters, 3830 S. Meridian, from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Union members have been on strike since Oct. 8.

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