Machinists union approves new Bombardier contract

Associated Press Modified: November 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm •  Published: November 10, 2012
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Health care was the primary issue that caused the strike, and was the focus of the mediation, the union said. The employee's share of the health insurance premium was reduced from 30 percent to 20 percent, with an extra 5 percent savings for those who participate in the wellness program — reducing their share to 15 percent.

Union officials estimate the health care improvements mean an employee with single coverage will see a $700 annual reduction in health insurance deductions. Employees with family coverage will see a $2,300 annual savings compared to the company's pre-strike offer, the union said.

In 2006, machinists were on strike for three weeks in the first work stoppage in the plant's history.