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IAM announces tentative deal with Triumph in Spokane

UPDATE (June 17, 2016) — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 posted the following today:

SPOKANE — Negotiators from the Machinists Union and Triumph Composite Systems have reached a tentative agreement that could end the five-week-long labor dispute at the aerospace manufacturing plant.

IAM751-Triumph-strike_frontUnion members who work at the plant will vote on the proposed four-year agreement on Wednesday.

The two sides came to the tentative agreement after three days of talks with a federal mediator.

Details of the proposed agreement are not being released publicly until all union members have been briefed. But IAM 751 President Jon Holden, who led the union’s negotiating team, said the draft language “goes a long way toward addressing the issues that prompted 94 percent of our members to reject the previous contact offer.”

Machinists Union District Lodge 751 represents 403 hourly workers at the plant. The workers voted overwhelmingly on May 9 to reject Triumph’s contract offer, and to authorize a strike starting May 11. Before the strike could begin, however, Triumph management sent workers home without pay on May 10, starting a lockout.

The Triumph workers are specialists in fabricating composite components for aircraft interiors, including floor panels and ducts for environmental control systems. They produce more than 10,000 environmental control system, flight deck and composite interiors assemblies and 9,000 floor panel assemblies each month, which are used in airliners built by Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier.

Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 33,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California. In Eastern Washington, they are represented by a network of local lodges that includes Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 in Spokane, Machinists Union Local Lodge 1123 in Coulee City and Machinists Union Local Lodge 1951 in Richland.

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SPOKANE (June 17, 2016) — Jon Holden, President of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, posted the following letter Thursday night to IAM members who’ve been locked out from their jobs for more than a month at Triumph Composite Systems in Spokane:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your negotiating committee is pleased to announce that we have a tentative agreement with management at Triumph Composite Systems on a new 4 year collective bargaining agreement.

We believe this agreement meets your needs, in terms of addressing the issues that led to a 94-percent vote to reject the company’s previous offer.

A synopsis of the tentative agreement will be posted as soon as possible. Copies of the agreement, and a summary, will be available Friday at the Spokane Union Hall and on this website.

We will hold an all hands meeting from 11 am to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Red Lion Inn at the Park, which is at 303 W. North River Drive

We will hold a vote on the agreement from 8 am to 5 pm Wednesday, June 22, at the Spokane Union Hall, 4226 E. Mission Ave., Spokane, WA.

Remember that picketing will continue until we have ratified a contract, so please continue to report for your previously scheduled picket duty.

Your solidarity and resolve have brought us to this point, and I thank you — and congratulate you — for both.

holden-jonIn Solidarity,

Jon Holden, IAM 751 President
and Directing Business Representative

PREVIOUSLY at The Stand:

Rally June 10 as Triumph lockout hits 1 month (June 8, 2016)

As Triumph dispute in Spokane drags on, you can help (June 2, 2016)

Labor and community back Triumph workers (May 16, 2016)

Machinists’ pickets up at Triumph in Spokane (May 11, 2016)

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