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Hawker Beechcraft workers to hold prayer vigil for jobs

Some Hawker Beechcraft workers will host a prayer vigil Saturday to pray for the ongoing negotiations and that their work will stay in Wichita.

“We’re asking God to intercede that we won’t lose our jobs,” said employee Robert Robinson, an organizer.

The company and the Machinists union are in negotiations as officials seek to lower costs.  Members are scheduled to vote Oct. 9 on whether to accept a new contract.

Hawker Beechcraft offiicials are also considering whether to move work to other sites inside and outside the U.S. Louisiana has recently tripled its offer for work to come to its state, a union official said.

The prayer vigil will be held 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Morningstar Community Church at 11010 E. Kellogg. It is open to the public.

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