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Workers go on strike at aircraft parts plant in Spokane area

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

Some 400 Machinists are on strike at the Triumph Composite Systems factory in the Spokane suburb of Airway Heights.
    
The strike at the aircraft parts maker began right after midnight early Wednesday morning, after weeks of contract talks failed to resolve disagreements regarding money, retirement plans, health care and job security.
    
The Spokesman-Review says the company sells air duct systems, floor panels and other equipment to Airbus, Bombardier and other companies.
    
Union officials contend Triumph executives are trying to pit employees against each other with unbalanced pay and benefits policies. They also accuse the company of abusing state tax incentive programs tailored for aerospace companies by moving local jobs to Mexico.
    
The company released this statement in which they say they are "disappointed by this decision:"
 

STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO SPOKANE WORK STOPPAGE

Triumph Composite Systems, Inc. ("TCS") and the IAM have been engaged in negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement for approximately 400 employees at TCS' Spokane facility.  The contract expires at midnight on Tuesday, May 10.

Despite weeks of intense negotiations, no agreement has been reached between the parties.  TCS provided the IAM with its best and final offer on May 5, 2016 for a three-year agreement.  That offer will continue the extremely competitive wage and benefit structure already enjoyed by TCS employees including wage increases, lump sum payments in each year of the contract, maintaining the existing medical benefits for the term of the contract and improving employees' retirement benefits.

On May 9, employees voted to reject this more than fair offer and to engage in a work stoppage.  We are disappointed by this decision, which is not in the best interest of the employees, the company or the community.  

The work stoppage will begin following expiration of the contract. Operations will continue for the duration of any work stoppage without any expected disruption.  

- Triumph
 

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
 

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