(WICHITA, Kan.) — Contract negotiations between Hawker Beechcraft and its machinists are on hold after Louisiana makes an offer to relocate the company to Baton Rouge.
The news was broken to machinists Saturday morning at a lodge meeting. (read the document given to members on the left side of this page).
The union says Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson has contacted the International Association of Machinists President Tom Buffenbarger to set up a meeting with the IAM and Hawker CEO Bill Boisture on Tuesday, October 5.
A spokeswoman for Governor Parkinson told Eyewitness News, "The possibility of losing thousands of Hawker Beechcraft jobs is something we are very, very concerned about. The Department of Commerce has been in contact with the company. The Governor is fighting to keep the majority of Hawker Beechcraft jobs in Wichita."
The union says Parkinson's office has indicated there may be assistance available to keep a portion of Hawker jobs in Wichita.