KANSAS- Spirit AeroSystems has announced its intention to continue negotiations with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) for a new collective bargaining agreement. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 24.
The negotiations come after a contract proposal was rejected by Spirit workers in Wichita, who are represented by IAM Local Lodge 839.
Spirit AeroSystems Machinists Negotiations Update
The proposal, which had been agreed upon by both sides’ bargaining committees, included substantial wage increases, a $7,500 ratification bonus, and improvements to paid time off and job security. In addition to rejecting the proposal, the IAM local members also voted to authorize a strike.
Expressing disappointment in the outcome of the vote, Tom Gentile, President & CEO of Spirit AeroSystems, stated that the company has been in continued discussions with IAM representatives.
They agreed to meet with a Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service mediator on Saturday morning.
Gentile emphasized that the company’s focus has always been on providing a fair and competitive contract to its IAM-represented employees. He expressed a commitment to reaching an agreement with Local 839 as quickly as possible for the benefit of the employees.
The demand for aircraft production rises with the return of air travel to pre-pandemic levels. Gentile stressed the importance of supporting Spirit customers.
Further, He noted that the company, its employees, and other stakeholders are vested in continuing operations.
In response to Wednesday’s vote, Spirit temporarily suspended production in Wichita. Further, the company anticipates that production operations will remain suspended until an agreement is reached.
Gentile expressed his pride in Spirit employees and their role in shaping the company’s future. Subsequently, He looks forward to working together to build a bright future for Spirit AeroSystems.
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