District 70 President and Directing Business Representative Cornell Beard, and District 70 Assistant Directing Business Representative, Shaun Junkins give an update on the company’s negotiation tactics.
Wichita, KS – IAM Local 774 (District 70) hundreds of members rallied Thursday afternoon in a show of solidarity and support of their negotiating committee amid contract negotiations with Textron Aviation.
“Textron Aviation manufactures the industry’s best-in-class aircraft. Our skilled machinists are who make that possible. They deserve a best-in-class healthcare plan, pension improvements, and job security,” said District 70 President, Cornell Beard. “We have union members from around the community attending the rally to show a unity of purpose as we fight for the future of working people. The community deserves better from Textron Aviation.”
Union members marched around the city’s landmark Century II Convention Center to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where contract negotiations are being held. The rally was orchestrated to show Textron Aviation representatives that Local 774 members are insistent on items like an improved healthcare plan, be in a new collective bargaining agreement.
A contract ratification vote is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020. The current contract expires on September 20, 2020.
District 70 President and Directing Business Representative, Cornell Beard, and Local 774 Negotiating Committee member, Mike Apsley encourage union members to attend the Solidarity Rally at Century II on Thursday, September 10th. Rain or shine.
Join the Local Lodge 774 membership as we support our negotiation committee on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 4:00 P.M. We will meet in front of Century II Convention Center at 225 W. Douglas, in downtown Wichita. We will march from there to the Hyatt Regency Hotel along the Arkansas River.
BRING YOUR STRIKE WHISTLES!
*Please note: Bring quarters in-case you park in front of a parking meter.
*This is our time, the moment we stand together to build a better future for ourselves and for workers everywhere.
Local Lodge Recording Secretary, Kimberly Fedd sends her appreciation to those who have stepped up to help our members use their voice on Saturday, September 19th, by filling the call. Thank you, it IS about our future.
It is important to know what resources are available to us as members before, during, and after negotiations. Read more about this process and other topics in your custom Negotiations Survival Handbook.
A message from District 70’s Assistant Directing Business Representative Shaun Junkins on what’s been happening this week in negotiations with Textron Aviation.
The event will be held at the District Lodge 70 office on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 12:00 PM (Noon) until everyone leaves. Stay however long you wish to help us build and create signs for the Solidarity Rally on Thursday, September 10th.