Spirit AeroSystems and Machinists Union return to negotiations Saturday

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By Bryan Corliss

June 23, 2023, © Leeham News -- Negotiators for Spirit AerosSystems and International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 839 will resume negotiations Saturday, in hopes of reaching an agreement that would resolve a strike set to begin just after midnight tonight.

A Wichita Eagle photo of orange security fencing up around the Spirit AeroSystems plant in Wichita, Kan.

The meetings, which will include a federal mediator, will start about 10 hours after the walkout begins.

The strike, involving some 6,000 union-represented hourly workers at Spirit's Wichita plant, threatens significant disruption to the wider aerospace industry -- particularly at Boeing. The Wichita plant produces 70% of 737 aerostructures, along with the forward sections of all Boeing commercial jets.

It comes after workers rejected a proposed four-year deal on Wednesday, with 79% voting no and 85% voting to strike.

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