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Oct 28, 2012 8:36 PM by Erika Flores

Union approves Raytheon 3-year-contract

TUCSON-Union members approved a new three-year labor contract with Raytheon Missile Systems Sunday.

Raytheon has more than 11 thousand employees in Tucson.

Of that number about 16 hundred employees are represented by the labor union.

Raytheon workers voted on the new contract behind these closed doors.

Anna Castro works as an inspector at Raytheon.

"My husband works at Raytheon too so we would be really affected," said Castro.

With two teenagers at home, she voted to accept the new contract and avoid a strike.

"There's no jobs out there and I believe what we got today is okay so we're good," said Castro.

For about a month, the International Association of Machinists Local 933 negotiated with Raytheon for union workers to get a boost in pay, avoid temporary layoffs and changes to overtime.

"The company makes a lot of money," said Al Acuna, product test specialist, "Just trying to get them to share a little bit."

A 51 percent vote was needed to reject the contract and if that happened, a two-thirds vote was required to go on strike.

As union workers poured out of the meeting, it was clear that the new contract they were offered was more in line with their demands.

"We got a contract that we could at least live with for the next three years," said Patricia Lopez, assembler.

Acuna agreed.

"They were trying to take overtime away also but we were able to keep it the way it was," said Acuna.

Raytheon Missile Sytems provided this statement:
"Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 933 have ratified a new three-year contract with Raytheon. This agreement provides our employees with a fair and equitable package, and allows Raytheon Missile Systems to maintain the high performing, quality workplace that our customers and community expect from us, now and in the years ahead. We look forward to continuing to work together with the IAMAW to perform the work that is so vital to our warfighters and the nation."

John B. Patterson, APR Sr. Manager, Public Relations
Raytheon Missile Systems

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