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Triumph Machinists approve new three-year contract, get job security

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Spokane Triumph Composite Systems Machinists have approved a new three-year contract that gives them job security in exchange for accepting no pay hikes.

Of 335 machinists at the West Plains manufacturing site, 81 percent of those voting approved the contract this week, 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 remaining in Spokane.

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

In exchange, Triumph got the union to accept a zero pay hike over the next three years. The current three-year contract provided increases of 4, 3 and 3 percent per year. Two prior Machinist contracts at Triumph offered some pay hikes, Wroblewski said.

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


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