Southern Territory Welcomes New Members in Kansas

Twenty-six workers at Spirit AeroSystems in Chanute, KS who manufacture small parts and assemblies used in Boeing aircraft voted for IAM Representation recently. The vote follows last month’s signing of a first contract by workers at the Spirit facility in Kinston, NC.

“Having seen the joint partnership agreements in Wichita and Kinston, NC, the people at Chanute are keenly interested in long-term IAM agreements that can ensure good pay, great benefits, job security and labor peace,” said IAM Organizer Don Barker.

“We are already talking with Spirit leadership to commence negotiations for a new contract very soon,” said Aerospace Coordinator Ron Eldridge, who added that the Chanute facility is slated to grow to around 150 people before the end of 2014.

“Our ground-breaking partnership agreements with Spirit AeroSystems are not only paying dividends for Spirit and the IAM, but we’re also positioning for a new wave of aerospace manufacturing in the United States,” said Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez, Jr.“Each new contract is a reflection of what matters most to members in those locations.”