Hawker Beech ICT Future Uncertain
Despite a recommendation by the International Association of Machinists executive council to approve the contract offered by Hawker Beechcraft, 55 percent of members voted to reject the proposal last month. A strike vote was not authorized. The current contract remains in effect until it expires in August next year, and negotiations are not likely to reopen before then. It is unclear whether an incentive plan negotiated last month by Kansas governor Mark Parkinson remains valid. The state offered, and Hawker Beechcraft accepted, an incentive package for product development, workforce training and tuition reimbursement for the company and its employees in Wichita. However, the agreement was contingent on the successful conclusion of a new, long-term labor agreement between Hawker Beech and its union workers. For more background, see page 12.