Negotiating committee members from IAM District 26 (Locals 700 and 1746) recently came together at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD in preparation for upcoming contract negotiations with Pratt and Whitney.

Representing nearly 3,000 members at facilities in Middletown and East Hartford, CT, these IAM members produce and maintain jet aircraft engines for military and commercial jets such as the Boeing KC-46 air refueling tanker and the Airbus A320.

The IAM’s week-long Negotiation Preparation focused on helping officers and the negotiating committee with team dynamics, drafting contract language, the law related to collective bargaining, health care, pensions and retirement security. They also focused on member mobilization, communication and strategic planning.

“Coming to the Winpisinger Center to work in this environment where the team can focus on developing the knowledge and skills to bring our members a strong agreement is crucial,” said Jeff Santini, District 26 Assistant Directing Business Representative.

The Winpisinger Center works with several departments at IAM Headquarters, including Strategic Resources, Legal and Communications, to amplify the importance of roles for the members, stewards and negotiating committees.

The IAM Aerospace Department set this course up before year’s end so that the committee would be ready and focused on the next steps at the start of 2022.

“Congratulations to the negotiating committees of IAM Locals 700 and 1746 on completing this important step in the Machinists Union’s collective bargaining process,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Brian Bryant. “The Negotiation Prep program continues to be one of our union’s critically important programs. The tools learned throughout the week will go a long way towards ensuring a strong and effective contract at Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut.”

The current agreement is set to expire on May 1, 2022.

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