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400 Spokane machinists vote to strike

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The Machinists Union is voting to go on strike Monday. The Machinists Union is voting to go on strike Monday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Update: About 400 Spokane workers from the Machinists Union voted to go on strike against Triumph Composite Systems starting at midnight on Wednesday.

On Monday, 94 percent of union members voted to reject the company's three-year contract offer, and 93 percent also voted to strike.

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About 400 members of the Machinists Union are voting Monday on a contract offer and strike ballot.

If two-thirds of the workers who vote approve a strike, the walkout would begin at midnight Wednesday.

A walkout by the machinists at Triumph Composite Systems would affect manufacturing of parts such as floor panels and ducting used in Boeing and Airbus planes, potentially affecting aircraft production.

Triumph makes around 20,000 parts a month.

Triumph says they would continue to operate during any work stoppage and "meet its obligations" to customers.

Union negotiators say the company’s offer fails to address workers’ top two issues: restoring pension benefits to all workers and eliminating a two-tier wage scheme that pays some people 12.5 percent less for doing the same work.

Voting ends at 7 p.m. and ballots are expected to be tallied by 8 p.m.

Machinists at Triumph went on strike in 2007. The strike lasted for three days. 

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