Archive for Sunday, October 14, 2001

Union approves contract agreement with Cessna

October 14, 2001


— Union members on Saturday approved a contract agreement with Cessna Aircraft that gives workers a raise of $11,800 in wages and benefits over three years, the company said.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge 774, had recommended its members accept the proposal. The union reported on its Web site that 77 percent of those who voted approved the contract. The union said 82 percent of its membership was at the vote.

The package is valued at $72 million over nearly three years. The current labor contract, covering 6,100 workers, was to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

"The contract does an outstanding job of responding to our common goal of making Cessna a 'Top 10' company to work for, while being responsive to the needs of (union) members of the company," Gary Hay, chief executive officer of the company, said in a written statement.

The contract gives workers three wage increases totaling 11.5 percent over the term of the contract. The first raise, effective immediately, would be for 4.25 percent in wages per worker, and about $3,933 per year in wages and benefits.

Union negotiators had told members that while they did not achieve all their goals, the proposal did not take away any existing benefits and has many improvements.

Among the major Wichita plane makers, only Cessna has not had job cuts since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Cessna employs 11,300 in Wichita.

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