Striking Machinists Approve Hawker Beechcraft Offer

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Striking machinists at Hawker Beechcraft have voted in favor of a new contract that will get them back to work next week.

Union members have been on strike since August 2nd at plants in Wichita and Salina. The new contract won approval with 77 percent
of the vote yesterday afternoon, and workers are to start returning
to their jobs on Tuesday.

Machinists spokesman Bob Wood said the union received important
and substantial improvements, and that leadership had recommended
approval. The union says the new deal freezes vision and dental health
care costs, meaning the 4 percent hike in wages won't be eaten up
by health care premiums. 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.


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