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Machinists release details of contract offer to Learjet workers

Machinists union members at Bombardier Learjet vote Saturday on whether to accept the company's offer of a new three-year contract.

The current contract expires Monday. The union represents about 900 hourly employees at  in Wichita.

Union negotiators are unanimously recommending acceptance.

The offer includes wage increases of 2 percent the first year and 3 percent in each of the next two years. It includes a $6 increase in pension benefits to $50 a month for each year worked. On health care premiums, the company continues to pay 85 percent of the cost in the first two years. That declines to 80 percent in the third year, although a new health care plan put into place retains the 85/15 percent split.

The offer also increases the number of weeks of severence pay if an employee is laid off because of subcontracting and it extends recall rights.

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