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Machinists at Hawker Beechcraft to vote on contract Oct. 9

Hawker Beechcraft will present the Machinists union with its contract offer on Oct. 9, the union said. Members will vote on the same day on whether to accept the offer.

“HBC has made clear that the future footprint of Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita will depend on the outcome of the vote,” it said in a letter to members.

Union leaders say they don’t know yet what the offer will include.

“There isn’t much information to give to you right now, as we don’t have the full and final offer yet,” the union said.

The vote will be a simple yes-or-no vote, the union said. If the contract is accepted by 50 percent plus one, the new contract will replace the current one. If rejected, workers will continue to work under the current contract until next year.

Members won’t be able to vote to strike, because the membership can’t strike until the current contract expires.

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