26 June, 2023

Spirit AeroSystems promise to continue talking as strikes take effect in Kansas.

Spirit AeroSystems has said it wioll continue talking to workers at this base in  Wichita, Kansas to resolve the ongoing dispute over pay.  The company's President and CEO, Tom Gentile said "We have been working hard and making good progress.  We will continue discussions this week and remain committed to a timely resolution on a fair and competitive contract that addresses the priorities of our employees and other stakeholders."

Gentile also expressed appreciation for the ongoing assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).will suspend factory production on Thursday at its plant in Wichita, Kansas, the company said, after workers rejected a proposed four-year deal and announced a strike to begin on June 24.

Spirit is one of the most consequential suppliers for aerospace heavyweights Boeing and Airbus. The Wichita site makes the entire fuselage for Boeing's bestselling 737 MAX narrowbody jet and the forward sections for most of its other aircraft, as well as pylons for the Airbus A220.

This could be a crucial time for all concerned as one aircraft manufacturer has already opened preliminary discussions with other aerostructural suppliers regarding a ramp up of support for possible future development or need.   

Some six thousand workers have started strike action in Wichita, Kansas, following the rejection of a recent offer. According to the union, the deal was rejected by 79% of members with 85% voting to approve the walkout.

The walkout could have serious implications for Boeing and its 737 MAX production line, which has been beset with quality failings in recent weeks including with the rear portion of the fuselage and engine mounts.