Dassault Falcon Jet -- Wilmington Settles With UAW
A new three-year contract between Dassault Falcon Jet -- Wilmington (Del.) and a local unit of the United Auto Workers labor union was ratified late last month, enabling both the company and its employees to get back to work. The settlement of a dispute resulting in the new contract ends a strike at the facility by roughly 170 workers. According to Todd McGahey, general manager of Dassault Falcon's East Coast Service Center, "It was unfortunate disagreements with negotiators led to many of the workers going on strike but we are glad to have this behind us. We can now fully focus on giving our customers the full range of services they have come to expect."
"The area that suffered most was the refurb shop as most of that work is long-term and had to be sent elsewhere," said McGahey. The Dassault Falcon Jet -- Wilmington facility was acquired from Atlantic Aviation in late 2000. Since then, Dassault has invested in both new infrastructure and facility improvements throughout. In addition, a new paint shop with advanced application capabilities is nearing completion and should be open for business in July.