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Machinists to consider lifting District 70 trusteeship

District 70 Machinists comprise a number of local lodges in and around Wichita, including ones that represent Machinists at Spirit AeroSystems as well as at Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet.
District 70 Machinists comprise a number of local lodges in and around Wichita, including ones that represent Machinists at Spirit AeroSystems as well as at Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet. File photo

The International Association of Machinists will consider lifting its suspension of the Wichita district office at a meeting Monday.

“The purpose of the hearing is to determine if trusteeship will be lifted or continued,” Machinists spokesman Frank Larkin said. “All members and reps have been notified by mail of the meeting.”

Two weeks ago, the international union placed the Machinists District 70 office under trusteeship, an action that largely amounts to the international union taking over the daily operations of the district, which represents 8,000 Machinists in the Wichita area. Those Machinists work at several plants in the area, including at Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet.

Larkin said the action was taken because of “a number of issues that were raised.” Those issues were “broad in nature but of concern enough to bring about the trusteeship,” he said.

The trusteeship action included suspending some District 70 representatives from their duties.

“Several reps remain suspended,” Larkin said. “Several have been returned to their positions, and one has been added for servicing purposes.”

Larkin wouldn’t identify the representatives who remain suspended or who have returned to duty.

Monday’s meeting will determine whether “the investigation into the issues that brought the trusteeship about have either been completed or need additional time.”

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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