IAM Members Vote to End Strike at Trax

More than 300 IAM Local 2515 members have voted to end their strike at Trax International in White Sands Missile Range, NM.

Members went on strike April 1 after the company refused to budge on prosed sub-contracting changes. Trax initially wanted to replace or remove all sub-contracting protections, which would have put job security in jeopardy and forced workers traveling on business to do so unpaid. These issues were addressed to the satisfaction of the membership in the modified offer.

“I applaud the membership for having the courage to stand their ground,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “The sub-contracting protections and the travel time language in this agreement will provide job security and a sustained quality of life that is worthy of middle-class America.”

“The outstanding support of the membership throughout the negotiation process ensured success in achieving their goals,” said Grand Lodge Representative Bud Duryea. “I would like to personally thank Local 2515 Directing Business Representative Jay Jaramillo and Negotiating Committee members Ramon Martinez, Jonathan Harrell, Max Padilla, Robert Ferguson and Richard Padilla. They did a great job both at the bargaining table and keeping the members well informed of the issues.”

Trax International holds a Service Contract to test and evaluate U.S. Army field equipment. The Machinists Union represents a wide range of workers employed in various occupations at Trax International from nuclear workers to data processors.