Machinists union backs Textron contract offer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Machinists Union is backing the final contract offer made by Textron Aviation to its Cessna and Beechcraft workforces.

KAKE reported (http://bit.ly/1sVJMYg ) that union members are scheduled to vote on the proposed contract on Friday.

The union told employees Wednesday that the offer commits to increasing jobs in Wichita, preserves seniority for both workforces and provides improved pay and competitive benefits.

The contract combines the two separate local unions of Beechcraft Corp. and Cessna Aircraft under a single labor agreement. Textron, Cessna’s parent company, bought Beechcraft in March and formed Textron Aviation.

The Machinists represent 2,494 hourly workers at Cessna under Local Lodge 774 and 1,627 hourly workers at Beechcraft under Local Lodge 733.

 

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