Apparent deal in works in Spirit AeroSystems suit

Spirit Aerosystems (KSN file photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A lawsuit filed by the Machinists union against Wichita aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems appears headed for an out-of-court resolution.

A filing Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, indicates the parties have reached a conditional resolution. It notes the union has agreed to withdraw its motion for an injunction to block Spirit from selling off its fabrication operations or laying off workers pending arbitration.

The filing indicates the union plans to dismiss its lawsuit.

The lawsuit contends the Machinists gave up the right to strike and accepted pay cuts and smaller wage increases in a 10-year contract negotiated in 2010. In exchange, Spirit agreed to maintain major manufacturing operations in Wichita.

It is unclear from the filing what the conditional agreement entails. A hearing was held last week.

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