Machinists at Bombardier Aerospace's plant went on strike early Monday after rejecting a proposed three-year contract over the weekend that union officials had recommended they approve. The strike, which began when the previous contract expired, was endorsed by 80 percent of the voting members Saturday, said officials for union Local 639 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. They declined to release totals. The union represents 1,100 workers at the Wichita plant, which has about 4,000 employees.
See Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, October 1, 2006