Contract May End Month Long Strike for Bombardier Learjet

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Officials of the Machinists union have released details of a contract offer that could end a month long strike at Bombardier Learjet’s Wichita aircraft plant.

Union spokesman Bob Wood described the offer Friday as a “substantial improvement” over the proposal that prompted Oct. 8 walkout. The union is recommending approval when members vote Saturday.

Bombardier Learjet is proposing a five-year contract that keeps wages unchanged in the first year but raises them 1 percent in each of the following years.

It also includes a $2,500 signing bonus, and lowers employees’ share of health insurance premiums from the amount the company proposed earlier.

The Machinists represent about 825 workers at the aircraft plant.

Bombardier Learjet declined comment Friday.