Thursday, May 31, 2007 the membership voted to strike Triumph Composite Systems Inc. in Spokane, Washington. The offer was rejected by 67% and the strike vote was 72%. The Union and the Company negotiators came together and reached a tentative agreement on a revised offer early in the morning on June 4th. The membership voted throughout the day on Monday, June 4, 2007 with the resuls as follows:
The membership vote was 68% to accept the offer and ratify the contract. Out members at TCI/Spokane build and assemble floor panels, ducts, and flight deck interiors for all Boeing aircraft and some aftermarket floor panels for Airbus. The current IAM bargaining unit size is 387 with 349 members voted.
Revised offer included a cap on progressions, additional bonus money ($75.00 per month of service at TCI – $900 – $3975), more upfront money for recent hires, and additional money for former Boeing workers not hired at time of sale to Triumph.
I commend the Membership, District 751 DBR Tom Wroblewski and the entire bargaining committee including Mark Johnson, Ray Baumgartner, Steve Warren, Ed Rittenberg, and Paul Milliken for a fine job – as well as Barb Strole who handled clerical and Connie Kelliher in charge of communications/media. Our membership did the right things to get the job done and can hold their heads high knowing they made the difference.
IAM Aerospace Coordinator