Machinists approve first contract at Sumner's AIM Aerospace

Staff writerApril 28, 2014 

Union workers at Sumner's AIM Aerospace have approved their first union contract by a 75 percent majority vote, the International Association of Machinists said Monday.

The affirmative vote Friday will trigger an average wage increases of 5.6 percent for the 280 workers covered by the contract. Workers at the aerospace fabrication company voted to unionize last summer. Negotiations with the company began in September resulting in the contract proposal that met approval last week.

Under the terms of the four-year agreement, workers will receive a $325 contract ratification bonus, and a 3.5 percent first-year wage increases.  The company has also agreed to increase wages for those bypassed by the manufacturer's prior wage increase plan.  The result, said the union, is an average wage increase of 5.6 percent.

The new deal provides for 2.75 percent increases for workers with four or more years of service in the second, third and fourth years of the contract.  Workers with less than four years tenure will receive wage increases based on their amount of time with the company.

The union said the new contract also sets limits on the number of temporary employees and their maximum length of service.  The company and the union have also agreed to begin talks about a new incentive plan for company workers.

AIM produces composite structures, ducts and other parts for Boeing and Airbus aircraft.



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