Local 774 (Flight Safety Defense Corp) Members Ratify a One-Year Agreement

Machinist members working for Flight Safety Defense Corporation ratified a one-year agreement on Monday, October 11, 2021. The new deal includes a ratification bonus, a general wage increase, increased lead pay, improved holiday language, and an increased clothing allowance.
Our IAM members working for Flight Safety Defense Corporation (FSDC) are a part of the Aircrew Training System (ATS) program for the Air Force’s newest high-tech refueling aircraft, the KC-46 Pegasus at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas. These remarkably skilled and devoted machinist members train pilots, refuel boom operators, and maintain flight simulators for the United States Air Force.
In 2019, the crew spent 75 days on an unfair labor strike against Flight Safety Defense Corporation who neglected to include Service Contract Act (SCA) language into the ATS contract they have with the United States Air Force Contracting Division. The Service Contract Act is a US labor law that requires the government to use its bargaining power to ensure fair wages for workers when it buys services from private contractors. Without such a designation, the IAM members at McConnell AFB, who train the men and women who operate the high-tech equipment for the USAF, are being compensated significantly less than their counterparts working in the same industry.
In April of 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) ruled that the ATS work performed for the KC-46 did not qualify for the SCA inclusion. August of 2021, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor reversed the 2019 decision. On October 2, 2021, the United States Air Force Contracting Administrative Board appealed the DOL’s reversal decision, putting the SCA inclusion on hold until the USAF appeal is determined.

Congratulations!

Union Negotiators Reach Tentative Agreement with Flight Safety Crew at McConnell AFB

Local 774 members of the Aircrew Training System (ATS) program, for Flight Safety, at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas, will review the proposed tentative agreement during a contract ratification meeting. Members will then vote on whether to accept or reject the negotiating committee’s proposed tentative agreement. The ratification meeting and vote are scheduled for Monday, October 11, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. on base.

Local and District Negotiators Officially Open Contract Negotiations with Flight Safety Services

We stand in solidarity with our District and Local 774 Negotiators (Formerly Local 708 members) working for Flight Safety Services Corporation (FSSC) at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas.

Beginning from the left: IAM Aerospace Coordinator Bobby Barnwell, Negotiation Committee Member Scott Alexander, Directing Business Representative Cornell Beard, Negotiation Committee Member Ryan Murdoch, District Business Representative Wendy Brooks, Chief Spokesperson Juice Bruner, Negotiation Committee Member Lonny Hall, and Negotiation Committee Member Paul Powell.

The Local 774 members who work for Flight Safety Services Corporation at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas, provide training for pilots and boom operators and maintain flight simulators for the KC-46 refueling tanker. 🇺🇸

The District and Local 774 Negotiation Committee opened contract negotiations with Flight Safety Services Corporation via Microsoft Teams in Machinists Hall (District Lodge 70) on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Textron Aviation Night at the Zoo

By showing your employee badge, Textron Aviation employees (and up to 4 guests) can gain access to the zoo for free and preview the Sedgwick County Zoo’s Wild Lights Exhibit before it opens to the general public. This Thursday, September 30, from 6-9 p.m.