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Machinists OK Triumph contract

Sat., June 5, 2010

Spokane Triumph Composite Systems Machinists have approved a three-year contract giving them job security in exchange for a three-year pay freeze.

Of 335 machinists at the West Plains manufacturing site, 81 percent of those voting this week approved the contract, union district President Tom Wroblewski said.

“The job security provision we got is unprecedented,” he said. He praised the contract as a strong commitment by Triumph to remain in Spokane.

The contract guarantees members 40 hours of work for the next three years and protects workers from work transfers to Mexico or any other Triumph facility.

In exchange, Triumph got the union to accept no pay raises in the next three years. The current contract provided annual increases of 4, 3 and 3 percent.

The Spokane Triumph plant makes ducts and panels for major airplane manufacturers, including Boeing. It has about 450 workers.

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