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UPDATE: Contract Negotiations Could End In Strike For Aerospace Machinist Union 751

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UPDATE: Aerospace Machinists Union Members reject a contract from Triumph but also vote against strike. All 475 members will be back to work Monday.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Ballots are being counted Friday night to determine if members of the Aerospace Machinist Union 751, who work at Triumph Composite Systems, will accept a new contract or go on strike.

KHQ learned of the possible strike Friday morning when workers contacted the newsroom about a walk out.

Steve Warren, the business representative with the union, says this is not at all what they wanted to happen with the contract negotiations.

Triumph Composite Systems presented this contract to the union on Wednesday and according to union officials, Triumph said this was their best and final offer.

The members are frustrated with wages as well as proposed health and welfare cuts.

Union members we spoke to tell us that Triumph is seeing record profits and in the past six years they have nearly doubled their workforce.

If the vote fails, the strike would affect 475 of Triumph's roughly 600 local employees.

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