Solidarity Nets Strong Contract for IAM Members at Raytheon

Earlier this year, members of Tucson, AZ Local 933 prepared for their negotiations with Raytheon at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

IAM Local 933 members in Tucson, AZ voted to accept a new three-year contract with Raytheon Missile Systems. The new agreement includes yearly general wage increases for most of the nearly 1,300 members represented.

The company’s earlier proposal included no immediate increase in pay for the workers.  The IAM negotiating team made it clear to Raytheon that it would seek strike authority from the membership if the company did not improve the proposal.

“Raytheon is a profitable aerospace company and our members deserve to be recognized for their hard work to make it that way,” said IAM Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen. “I am proud of our members and their negotiating team for demonstrating the ‘Fighting Machinists’ spirit to secure this contract.”

Most workers will get an immediate 2.5 percent wage increase and subsequent increases of 2.75 and 3 percent in October 2016 and 2017. As part of the new agreement, each of the represented members will receive a $750 lump-sum payment on November 12 of this year and additional $500 payments each January during the term of contract.

In 2006, the IAM was forced to strike the location for nearly 10 weeks before Raytheon agreed to the IAM’s contract demands for similar fair wage increases.

IAM members at Raytheon build missiles and other sophisticated weapons that are vital to the U.S. military around the world to ensure America’s defense.