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Machinists vote to strike at Bombardier Learjet ^ | Oct. 06, 2012 | Molly McMillin

Posted on 10/17/2012 8:37:59 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Posted on Sat, Oct. 06, 2012

Machinists vote to strike at Bombardier Learjet By Molly McMillin The Wichita Eagle

Bombardier Learjet’s hourly workforce will walk off the job Monday after Machinists union members rejected the company’s contract offer and voted to strike.

Union members voted Saturday 79 percent in favor of rejecting the company’s proposal of a five-year contract, which offered significant increases in health care costs and low general wage increases, and 79 percent in favor of a strike.

Strikers will begin walking the picket line at 12:01 a.m. Monday, when the current three-year contract expires.

The company said in a statement it will work toward minimizing disruption to its production lines, its customers and the community. Neither side would predict when negotiations might resume.

The union, Local Lodge 639, represents about 825 hourly workers at the Learjet plant in west Wichita.

It’s the second strike in the plant’s history. The first was in 2006, when the Machinists struck for three weeks.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: labor; machinists; strike; unions
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Obama has done everything that he can do to destroy the aerospace industry and put thousands of aerospace workers on the list of the unemployed. Hopefully if Obama is not re elected businesses can start hiring again.

"My attitude is, if you got a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break for it," he said, discussing ways to reduce the federal deficit."

"You'll still be able to ride on your corporate jet. You're just going to have to pay a little more," Obama said.

Yet, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are big donors to Obama.

Machinists Union Endorses President Obama for Second Term

Fri. February 24, 2012


Washington, D.C., February 24, 2012 - In a unanimous vote, the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL) endorsed the reelection of President Barack Obama.

“Jobs are the central issue of this campaign, and only President Obama has a plan that would put millions of Americans and thousands of Machinists back to work,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “We’re convinced the job growth we're now seeing, particularly in the critical manufacturing sector, is a direct result of President Obama's policies and leadership and we want that growth to continue.”

The endorsement follows a recommendation from members of the union’s National Planning Committee, the governing body of the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL). Formed in 1947, the MNPL evaluates candidates for IAM members and makes recommendations at the state and national level.

“Our policy differences with the White House in the past have dealt with the pace and speed of this recovery. IAM members recognize that GOP presidential candidates and Republican Congressional leaders have placed obstacle after obstacle in President Obama’s path. We intend to work overtime to remove those obstacles,” promised Buffenbarger.

With nearly 700,000 members, the IAM is among the nation’s most politically active labor unions and the endorsement sets the stage for significant volunteer activity by IAM members on behalf of President Obama. Visit for more information.

1 posted on 10/17/2012 8:38:02 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

IAM Plans For Prolonged Strike At Bombardier Learjet

By Kerry Lynch
Source: AWIN First

October 16, 2012

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is preparing for a prolonged strike at Bombardier’s Learjet facility in Wichita, approving increased benefits beginning on the third week of the walkout.

2 posted on 10/17/2012 8:41:48 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

In other news, Bombardier Learjet Guangzhou has announced it is breaking ground on its new 1 million square foot assembly plant. :)

3 posted on 10/17/2012 8:46:39 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: KeyLargo

That sounds like a real good idear. Maybe they’ll strike their way right out of a job. I’m sure North Carolina would welcome another plane manufacturing facility. Then they’ll be able to join the millions of other Americans in the unemployment line thereby ratcheting up the unemployment rate. Woo Hoo! Yup, good idear!

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.

4 posted on 10/17/2012 8:47:50 AM PDT by rktman
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To: KeyLargo

FIRE the Whole bunch, you could fill those machinist jobs in 2 weeks time. Thousands of Non-Union machinists are unemployed across this country thanks to the Policies put forth by Both Parties for the last 30 years. These Union members fully support Obama and Obamacare, ELIMINATE ALL EMPLOYER PAID or SUBSIDIZED HEALTH COVERAGE.

5 posted on 10/17/2012 8:49:00 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: KeyLargo

Bombardier Learjet plan should be:

1. hire replacements
2. keep up production.

6 posted on 10/17/2012 8:51:19 AM PDT by shove_it (DNC = perpetual emotion machine)
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To: shove_it

I would guess that real machinists are not that easy to find. Maybe with all the computers, they don’t need real machinists, though.

7 posted on 10/17/2012 8:54:22 AM PDT by Eva (Obama and Hillary lied, Americans diedI)
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To: KeyLargo

What are their wages? I’m curious because there are recruiters who have shown up at our sons’ school looking for certain skill sets among high school students. They cannot find these skill sets among the junior college/tech school students, so they have dropped down to high schools. They are looking for machinists.

8 posted on 10/17/2012 9:03:25 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Eva

The term “machinist” is used very loosely here. They are aircraft mechanics, assemblers, and fitters. They can be replaced in hours should the company desire, and could have full production return within a week.

The gotcha is the sabotage left by the striking workers. I.A.M. always does this when striking.

9 posted on 10/17/2012 9:03:49 AM PDT by wrench
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To: petitfour

There is discussion on this forum:

10 posted on 10/17/2012 9:10:02 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

“79 percent in favor of rejecting the company’s proposal of a five-year contract, which offered significant increases in health care costs and low general wage increases, and 79 percent in favor of a strike.”

I’d wager that the Union leadership supports Obama, yet are to stupid to realize that his policies are depressing wages and increasing health care costs. They most likely support Obama, but are now proving that they do not approve of his policies....

They get the added benefit of blaming the evil corporation for making such a terrible contract offer!

11 posted on 10/17/2012 9:33:56 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: rktman

Bombardier does finishing on the Learjets at their Toronto plant which also does assembly of the Q series turboprops. Their Montréal facility is huge and they assemble the Challenger and CRJs there. Given the current economic climate, they could probably offload most of their Wichita work without much trouble.

12 posted on 10/17/2012 9:34:51 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: wrench

A couple of years ago, during the Boeing strike over the move to South Carolina, Boeing ran a test flight on a new plane and had to cut the flight short and return to Boeing field. The problem turned out to be metal shavings, left in the fuel tank, blocking the fuel line.

No good machinist ( and they are machinists that work on the prototypes) would leave metal shavings in a fuel tank.

13 posted on 10/17/2012 9:49:33 AM PDT by Eva (Obama and Hillary lied, Americans diedI)
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To: KeyLargo

What is it with the machinists union? Are they still flush with success from their strike against Eastern Airlines? I guess they showed them!

14 posted on 10/17/2012 10:54:45 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: NonValueAdded

It appears that Obama bought off the IMA Union president Buffenbarger.

Posted on Wed, Sep. 26, 2012

International Machinists president to speak at Wichita Aero Club
By Molly McMillin
The Wichita Eagle

Tom Buffenbarger, the international president for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, is the keynote speaker at Thursday’s Wichita Aero Club meeting.

“He invited President Obama to visit Wichita to see the importance of the city’s aviation industry after Obama blasted the use of business jets and their owners, calling them “fat cats.”

Four years ago, Buffenbarger, a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton, became a YouTube hit when he blasted the then-Sen. Obama.

“Hope. Change. Yes we can. Give me a break,” Buffenbarger said during a speech in 2008. “I’ve got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius-driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust-fund babies crowding in to hear him speak. This guy won’t last a round against the Republican attack machine. He’s a poet, not a fighter.”

The Machinists union now formally supports Obama for re-election.”

Read more here:

15 posted on 10/17/2012 11:28:56 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: eyeamok

North Carolina Machinist Calls for President Obama to be Replaced As Democratic Nominee

August 29, 2012 • 1:52PM

Tuesday, Gregory Lance, Machinist Union official in Charlotte, North Carolina, released the following statement:

“I am calling upon the Democratic Party to immediately replace President Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for President. There are numbers of other officials, both elected, in the Democratic Party, and from the ranks of Organized Labor, who could fulfill the duties of President far better than Barack Obama. I am calling upon the Party to nominate a team that would campaign for the real needs of organized labor, city and state governments, and the U.S. military and intelligence services, which have been totally dismissed by Mr. Obama.

“Mr. Obama has compiled a record that underscores the need to immediately find a replacement. His health care reform plan, which has rightly earned the ire of the American public, is a brutal assault on Medicare and the need to provide medical services, and will increase the death rate among seniors and the whole population. Likewise, the candidate who was going to immediately close Guantanamo and now has banking lobbyists in the White House, instead championed the dictatorial National Defense Authorization Act, the renewal of the Patriot Act and other nefarious bills. The NDAA provisions would open our jails to American citizens who could be indefinitely detained, under mere suspicion of some ‘terrorist’ association. Obama’s shutdown of the manned space program is not only impeachable, but represents a total reversal of the Kennedy space policy which brought out the best in our citizenry. After the inspiring landing of Curiosity, even the Mars program is going to be sacrificed at the altar of fiscal austerity. For the skilled labor movement, which I represent, we need programs that would move us to ever higher technologies, and higher skill levels. Nothing addresses that need like the space program.

16 posted on 10/17/2012 11:34:32 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Not All Union Bosses Support Obama’s Job-Killing War On Coal: UMWA Refuses To Endorse Obama’s Campaign

August 20th 2012

It’s no secret that Barack Obama has declared war on the coal industry and the jobs it maintains. He declared war back in 2008. However, back then, very few were actually listening.

Then, back in April, Cecil Roberts, the President of the United Mine Workers of America, had a stunning revelation: Barack Obama would like to do to coal miners’ jobs what the President had the Navy Seals do to Osama Bin Laden—kill ‘em dead.

Now, the Obama Administration’s war on coal is costing Candidate Obama an important union endorsement–that of Roberts’ UMWA.

17 posted on 10/17/2012 11:36:16 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: shove_it

If and when Obama is re elected he will throw the trade unions under the Obama bus if their agendas conflict with Obama’s green jobs agenda.

Union Bosses Keeping [Mostly] Low Profiles At DNC’s Union-Free Convention

By: LaborUnionReport (Diary) | September 3rd, 2012 at

Union bosses have made such a big deal about being upset with the DNC’s pick of Charlotte, North Carolina for its convention (even going so far as having an August ’shadow convention‘) that, while they may be in the state for the Barack Obama nomination celebration, they’re making every effort to make it look like they’re absent.

Adding insult to injury, not only is North Carolina the least unionized state in the nation, the stadium where Barack Obama is giving his acceptance speech was built by entirely union-free labor.

The lack of union support (and money) at the convention is likely why the DNC is giving away free tickets to people from neighboring states to go and watch Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday.

Although about a dozen of the building trade unions, along with Machinists’ union boss Tom Buffenbarger (of course), are boycotting (and some plan to protest) the Democrats’ soiree, other union bosses are attending the convention. However, they are taking fewer members and a much lower profile than past conventions.

18 posted on 10/17/2012 11:41:52 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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Start an early holiday vacation period. Shutdown the whole operation until January 1st. Lock out the potential saboteurs. No payroll. Use the down time to reassess how to operate if the tax cliff and Obamacare aren't resolved. Consider opening applications for non-union workers in the US or factories offshore as necessary.
19 posted on 10/17/2012 11:50:09 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin; KeyLargo; Eva

How about this - hire a replacement workforce at the same pay and benefits last offered the union and immediately initiate a strong union avoidance education program with your management and workers. Then, after one year, commence a decertification election campaign with the objective of eliminating the IAM from the picture. It would also be wise to start up a machinist apprenticeship program to home grow skilled workers rather than hiring them from outside where they are virtually all union members.

20 posted on 10/17/2012 12:49:46 PM PDT by shove_it (DNC = perpetual emotion machine)
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