…While Machinists Try To Organize Cessna’s Independence Plant

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The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) last week filed a petition calling for an election to organize workers at the Cessna Aircraft Company's Independence, Kan., plant. According to The Wichita Eagle, the petition was filed with the National Labor Relations Board. According to the union, signatures allowing the election were collected from a majority of the employees who would be represented. The IAMAW already represents workers at the company’s Wichita plant and last year agreed on a new three-year contract after employees came close to striking the manufacturer. Cessna’s Independence, Kan., plant is less than 10 years old. Ground was broken for the facility – which produces the company’s line of single-engine piston-powered airplanes – on July 3, 1996. Cessna’s current plans for the facility include building the Citation Mustang there, beginning later in 2005.