Tue, Jul 12, 2005
Opposition Quiets In Face Of Tough Management Stand
Angry over their forced separation from Boeing and the
subsequent offer from their plants' new owners, SPEEA workers
nonetheless voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract with
Onex-owned Mid-Western Aircraft.
The company stood firm in its negotiations with labor after
taking over three Boeing Commercial Aircraft plants in Kansas and
Oklahoma. More than 1,100 workers were reportedly laid off in
the transfer of ownership.
"It's something we think we can make work," SPEEA Midwest
director Bob Brewer told the Wichita Eagle. Ninety-percent of SPEEA
members approved the contract in voting that began last week.
The SPEEA vote came just two weeks after union machinists at the
former Boeing plants in Wichita, Tulsa and McAlester, OK, approved
their contract with Mid-Western with 89-percent of the vote. In
both cases, workers gained pay but lost some benefits, according to
Onex managing director Nigel Wright said the Canadian company
was "pleased" to have concluded labor negotiations with the
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