Bombardier Learjet Responds to Strike Recommendation
WICHITA, Kan. - Friday morning, Bombardier Learjet released a statement in response to the Machinists union negotiators' recommendation that IAM members reject their contract offer and vote to strike.
Below is the statement in its entirety:
Bombardier Learjet is disappointed in the union negotiating committee's recommendation. The company put forward a fair and reasonable proposal for the employees while ensuring the long-term potential and success of Learjet.
We are hoping that the employees will accept our contract proposal. We believe the strength and long-term potential of Learjet in Wichita resides with the products we manufacture and the experienced, dedicated and skilled workforce that contributes to the production of world-class aircraft.
Bombardier made their best and final offer early Thursday. Union negotiators responded by saying contract length, small wage increases and health care cost increases were unacceptable.
The contract vote is set for Saturday at the Cotillion.