June 22, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Spokane, Washington – The Machinists union announced June 16 that it has reached a tentative contract agreement with aircraft-parts manufacturer Triumph Composite Systems that would end a five-week strike.
The about 400 Lodge 751 members at the plant in the Spokane suburb of West Plains will vote on the proposed four-year deal June 22. “In general, it makes improvements over Triumph’s previous offer in every area that our members identified as priorities,” Machinists spokesperson Bryan Corliss said. “We are recommending that they vote to accept it.” The union didn’t get what it wanted, which was to eliminate the two-tier wages and pensions in its 2013 contract, but the proposal would reduce the pay gap between longtime and recently hired workers, and create a 401(k)-style retirement plan that would cover newer workers ineligible for the union’s pension plan. It would also freeze health-insurance costs, give workers $7,000 in bonuses over the next two years, and require 120 days notice if the company plans to outsource jobs. Read more