Machinists ratify deal with L-3 Communications
The mechanics, who are all members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle, voted unanimously to approve the deal earlier this month.
The workers at Lewis-McChord “really liked” provisions in the agreement, said Dave Hosford, who is the union steward for the group. “We made improvements in every category we identified as our top issues,” he said.
The workers at the Joint Base will see their pay increase by $2.10 an hour in the first year of the contract, thanks to a 3-percent general wage increase plus area wage adjustments allowed under federal law to bring contractors’ pay in line with wages paid for similar work locally. They’ll get annual raises of 3 percent, 3 percent and 3.5 percent in the following years of the contract.
The contract also improved their pension benefits, introduced a lower-cost health care plan, added one extra holiday and one extra day of sick leave and improved the vacation formula so that workers can receive four weeks’ vacation after 10 years instead of 12.
New contract language covering temporary duty assignments off-base was also popular, Hosford said. “The new wording for deployments makes sure you have a place to come back to.”
The Machinists who work for L-3 do maintenance on U.S. Army C-12 aircraft. The C-12 Hurons are twin-engined turboprop planes used by the Army for light cargo and passenger transport and medical evacuations. Most carry eight passengers.
The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers represents L-3 workers at 54 sites nationwide. The Lewis-McChord contract was negotiated as part of a deal that covers workers at 13 other sites across the western United States.
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, Machinists District Lodge 751 now represents more than 25,500 workers at 42 employers in Washington, Oregon and California. In 2010, District 751 members ratified new contracts with 22 of those employers without a single day lost to strikes.
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