Striking Machinists and Bombardier Learjet reach tentative deal

11/08/2012 5:48 PM

11/08/2012 6:10 PM

The Machinists union has reached a tentative agreement with Bombardier Learjet on a new labor contract that, if accepted by members, would end a five-week strike.

The agreement was reached Thursday.

Union leaders will release details of the company’s new proposal Friday morning.

The union’s negotiating team is recommending that members accept the contract at a vote, which will be held Saturday.

Union members walked off the job Oct. 8 after members rejected the company’s offer of a five-year agreement and voted to strike.

The main issue was significant increases to health care costs.

A federal mediator was called in to restart negotiations this week and has been meeting with both parties.

The vote will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Machinists District No. 70 office at 3830 S. Meridian.