WICHITA, Kan. - Striking machinists at Bombardier Learjet are in their third week on the picket lines. They say health care remains the main issue between members and the company. Union spokesman, Bob Wood says they're ready to resume talks, but only if the HMO plan is back on the table.
"These are highly skilled individuals." said Wood. "We make the best airplanes in the world, and these folks deserve decent health care. so they don't have to worry about working, and going into bankruptcy while they're working," Wood adds.
The company says they offered to unionized employees provided the same coverage as the current one. "The company is providing a plan that is already being used by over 4,000 other Bombardier Aerospace employees in the U.S.," said Bombardier spokesperson Peggy Gross. "And this plan is a robust, proven plan the company has been using since 2007," she said.
Over 800 machinists are taking part in this strike. This is only the second time Bombardier machinists have gone out on strike.