Union workers began voting shortly after 2 p.m. today at the Ozark Civic Center on a revised contract. After a short time, the results were announced -- with 92% of union members voting to accept the new agreement.
Reports on facebook pages of union members indicate that today's meeting was much different than the one last Sunday, April 27 when tensions grew and at least one altercation took place.
In last week's meeting, the union voted down the contract and then voted to strike. All week union members could be seen at entrances to Ft. Rucker with strike signs.
As the week went on, negotiations were restarted and a new contract was posted to the union's website. Many union members took to facebook over the weekend. Many indicated that they would be voting for the contract the second time around.
It is believed that members will go back to work tonight.
The economics of the contract are basically the same according to union spokesperson Bob Wood. However, the workers were initially going to receive a $500.00 bonus and a 1.5% raise in Oct. Instead, they are no longer getting the $500 bonus, but they will receive a 2% raise starting in Oct.
The health insurance premiums are the same as before. Exception: the insurance premiums are frozen for two (2) years, instead of just one year.
Wood says the workers received the main thing they were asking for: “respect,” which refers to updated language in the contract addressing better work rules, including overtime and seniority.
He said “The company listened to the people. We have the best safety record; they’re very proud, hard workers, and we’re ready to go back to serving the aviators.”
L-3 AFS CONTRACT RATIFIED
On Sunday, May 4, 2014, the membership of IAM Local 2003 gathered and voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with L-3 Communications Army Fleet Support (AFS) that will last through April 28, 2019.
The AFS workforce, both management and hourly will report to work at their normal shifts beginning 5:00 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014. AFS Vice President and General Manager Lowell Green said, "This new agreement enables the AFS and IAM team to continue providing our world-class aviation logistical support for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force institutional training on Fort Rucker.”