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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Union votes no strike

In what amounts to a stale mate, The Wichita Eagle reports that:

“Machinists union members at Cessna Aircraft will head to work instead of the picket line Monday after they failed to get the votes required to strike.
Fifty-eight percent of members voted to reject Cessna's seven-year contract on Saturday, but only 49 percent voted to strike.
Without the two-thirds vote required to approve a strike, the members accepted the contract by default.
"We understand the times we're in today," said Machinists District 70 directing business representative Steve Rooney at Century II after the votes were counted. "A paycheck is a hard thing to give up."
The union's negotiating team had recommended rejection and a strike.
"We support this membership entirely," Rooney said.”
The strike won’t happen even though most of the union members don’t approve of it. Again The Wichita Eagle said:
“Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton called the contract fair.”
Fair for who? The whole package is designed to protect the company and management. The workers aren’t getting anything out of this. It just means that once again common working people in Wichita are getting the shaft.
Unions in America have lost a lot of their clout and power. This vote only enforces that opinion.
-Salamander សតិវ អតុ

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