Textron Aviation is committed to negotiating in good faith with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) and working together to find mutually beneficial ways for a sustainable future.
Q: When does the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expire?
A: The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on Sunday, September 20, 2020. On Saturday, September 19, union members will vote to ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Q. How do the negotiations impact our day-to-day operations?
A. While negotiations can be a distraction, we do not expect any impact to our day-to-day operations. We appreciate your hard work and continued commitment to keeping our operations running.
Q: Can you share the details of the offer you are planning to make at the table?
A: Textron Aviation will comply with federal law and will not have detailed discussions about the negotiations with individual employees who are represented by the IAMAW. Once the Last, Best and Final offer is presented at the table to the IAMAW, details will be shared with all employees prior to the vote on Saturday, September 19.
Q: Why is Textron Aviation using this negotiations site to speak with employees?
A: Important COVID-19 health and safety protocols have made it impossible to have face-to-face meetings with large groups of employees. But we know consistent and timely information about the business is important and we’ve heard your concerns about the limitations of the company’s intranet and email options – so we have looked for other options to reach you. We hope employees see value in these communications and we are committed to getting as much information across as many channels as possible.
Q: How is the company keeping employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: Textron Aviation has a cross-functional COVID-19 Response Team that has been working diligently to help keep employees safe. With the guidance of health authorities, including the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have implemented extensive health and safety protocols, including a daily screening process, employee PPE, sanitation procedures, social distancing guidelines, checklists for office areas and shop floors, and more. We will continue to update these protocols to ensure we are following all health and safety best practices as they evolve.
Textron Aviation’s top priority is the health and safety of its employees and guests, and maintaining a safe work environment takes everyone’s commitment to follow company policies and procedures.
We also offer employees comprehensive health benefits as part of employment at Textron Aviation should they or their families need medical care.
Q: Does Textron Aviation own United Healthcare?
No, Textron Aviation does not own United Healthcare. United Healthcare is the administrator of Textron’s healthcare plan.
Q: Why is it so important to be “flexible” in negotiations?
We need flexibility to maintain the health of our organization and ultimately set us on a path to growth when conditions improve. The decisions and actions of those of us who come together in this trying time will help determine our success in the months and years to come.
Q: How are the retirement plan benefits calculated under the proposed contract language?
A: The TSP Plus and RISP benefits are calculated based on actual earnings. With the GWI increases included in this offer, earnings will increase and therefore employees in those programs automatically receive an increase in their retirement benefit.
Because the Cessna retirement benefit is not based on earnings in any way, an increase has been added to their pension multiplier.
Q: If approved for a VRP, when will I receive my separation payment?
A: If approved, your separation payment will be paid in a lump sum, no later than the second payroll after the effective date of your separation agreement or the date of your termination, whichever is later. The effective date of your separation agreement is the eighth calendar day after the agreement is executed.
Q: If approved for a VRP, will the lump sum payment be taxed?
A: In accordance with Federal law, taxes will be deducted from lump sum separation payments at the supplemental tax rates.
These tax rates also apply to accrued and unused vacation