Hawker Strike Could Come To An End

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Machinists at Hawker Beechcraft Corp. are voting on a company offer that could end a strike at its plants in Wichita and Salina.

Members of the union have been on strike since Aug. 2. Polls close at 2 p.m.

Machinists spokesman Bob Wood has said the union received important and substantial improvements, and that leadership is recommending approval of the offer.

The union says the new offer freezes vision and dental health care costs, meaning the 4 percent hike in wages won't be eaten up by health care premiums. It says the company also made improvements to pensions, overtime and other contract provisions.

The contract covers about 4,700 hourly workers at the Wichita plant and 500 in Salina.

If the latest contract offer is ratified, the machinists would go back to work on Sept. 2.

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