Amarillo, TX - Unionized workers at Pantex have voted to approve the latest contract offered by Consolidated Nuclear Security, effectively ending the strike on Sunday.
"Special thanks to the FMCS and Scott Beckenbaugh for their help resolving this issue," said President of the Metal Trades Council, Clarence Rashada.
Highlights of the new benefits contract include improved medical coverage, maintained defined benefit pension plan for current employees, maintained sick leave earnings, and improved short-term disability benefits.
"We maintained our insurance, we maintained new hire insurance, and we got the workers off the contributions to the pension," said Coordinator of Collective Bargaining Department at International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, James E. Price Jr.
While this package was approved, Price says it doesn't meet the needs of all the members of Pantex.
"I can't say I'm happy with it because the new hires won't receive a pension and they won't receive retiring medical," Price. "It's a trend, we realize that but that's not something we really appreciate."
Pantex workers will be advised by their supervisors when they will head back to work -- something everyone seems to be happy about after going unpaid for nearly 2 months during the strike.
Price describes the vote as razor thin and something most of the workers expected.
"I'm just glad we were able to do something for them other than have them out there on the streets too long," said Price.
Rashada adds by saying "We are looking forward to working with CNS, DOE, and NSA in achieving our mission goals."
Voting tallies were not released. The new contract is good until 2019.