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IAMAW: Strike negotiations will be tough

Negotiations between the IAMAW union and Hawker Beechcraft are set to begin.

13 July 2011

Tough strike negotiations are being expected in the US between Hawker Beechcraft and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

The company has already announced it is closing down two plants in Kansas and is outsourcing the activity, the Wichita Eagle reports.

A three-year contract between the group and the IAMAW will expire in August and union district 70 president and directing business representative Steve Rooney said achieving a new deal that satisfies everyone will be tough.

"We're going into the negotiations hopeful to get an agreement that we can all live with," he told the paper.

It is the second time in the last 12 months union bargaining has been required between the two parties, while individuals will hope strike action can be averted.

Hawker Beechcraft - a maker of special-mission and trainer aircraft - knows there were 25 days of protests before the previous agreement was struck back in 2008.

Posted by David Gleck

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