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Triumph Group intends to sell its aircraft parts factory on the West Plains amid a companywide retrenching that has resulted in plant closures and consolidations across the country.
Machinists Union workers in Spokane have voted to accept a contract offer and end a nearly six week strike at Triumph Composite Systems on the West Plains.
Labor unions at some of the region’s largest private employers are negotiating for new contracts.
Triumph strike enters its second week with union leaders questioning company’s tax breaks.
Workers at Spokane airplane parts plant Triumph Composite Systems go out on strike amid plans by the parent company to cut expenses by closing facilities.
Union officials are urging the 403 Machinists making aerospace parts at the Triumph Composite Systems factory west of Spokane to reject a labor contract and vote Monday for a strike
OLYMPIA – Less than a month after asking the Legislature to cut $2 billion from the state’s General Fund budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking it to add about $8 million to train more engineers and aerospace workers. Gregoire, state college officials and members of the aerospace industry made a pitch for “Project Pegasus,” which began as an effort to convince Boeing to keep production of the new model of the 737 in Washington state. On Wednesday, aerospace workers ratified a contract that assures the new plane will be built on a new line at the Renton factory.
Triumph Composite Systems and the union representing its 43 Spokane engineers have reached a tentative contract agreement that will provide bonuses and wage increases, cap medical premiums and bar layoffs through September 2013. Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace will vote on the agreement today.
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.
A former worker at Spokane’s Boeing Co. manufacturing plant has prevailed in a disability discrimination case against his former employer as an appellate court reinstated a court judgment in his favor for more than $1 million. Thomas Burchfiel, 54, worked in the company’s marketing department when it was operated by Boeing Co. before the plant was sold in late 2002 to St. Louis-based Triumph Composite Systems.