69% of Hawker Machinists voted “yes” to a five-year contract on Saturday.
The deal increases benefit costs, keep pensions in place (even for new hires) and gives raises in the third, fourth, and fifth years of the deal.
“It’s probably the worst contract we’ve been offered since I’ve been out here. Could it have been worse? Yes, a lot worse. But with the economy the way it is, and with jobs the way they are, I’m gonna buy it,” said Brenda Cook.
The phrase “it could be worse” came up a lot when talking with machinists voting at Wichita’s Hartman Arena. Many said the economy played heavily into their decision.
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