Cessna union rejects contract, but won't strike

-- Sept. 19--Machinists union members at Cessna Aircraft will head to work instead of the picket line Monday after they failed to get the votes required to strike. Fifty-eight percent of members voted to reject Cessna's...

--No wage increases for the first four years and a 1 percent raise in each of the last three years. A clause allows negotiations to reopen to review wages annually beginning in 2014.

--Cost-of-living increases

--The potential for performance-based bonuses

--Retention and a $2 increase per month in pension plan payments, to $57 per month for each year of service

It's the second time in three months Machinists union members rejected a contract offer but didn't have the votes to strike.

In June, 57 percent of union members at Spirit AeroSystems who voted rejected the company's offer of a 10-year contract. Fifty-eight percent voted to strike, falling short of the two-thirds required for a work stoppage.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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