Colorado Machinists Make Gains in New Contract

IAM Local 47 aircraft mechanics working at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO ratified a three-year agreement with M1 which netted them a 15 percent pay raise over the life of the contract.

The agreement covering workers on the C-21 Lear Jet Program includes increases to pension contributions, vacation, paid leave, shift premiums, lead pay and a cap on health insurance premium increases.

“Our negotiating committee led by committee members Roger Coon and Wes Cunningham maintained their resolve throughout the bargaining session,” said Western Territory Grand Lodge Representative Mark Ward.

Ward conducted negotiations alongside fellow Western Territory Grand Lodge Representative James Watson and the negotiating committee.

“I commend the hard work and fortitude of our negotiating committee and the service they performed for our members and their families,” said Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “Many working families in the Colorado Springs area can enjoy a secure future as a result of their effort.”

The negotiation committee also secured increased layoff protections, uniform and flight gear improvements and improved contract language covering discipline, leave of absence, bereavement, sick time, hours of work and severance.