Machinists union strikers at Learjet to help coat drive

Striking Machinists at Bombardier Learjet are using some of their off time volunteering with the Salvation Army’s coat drive.

About 25 strikers are working Tuesday sorting and processing more than 5,000 coats for distribution.

The Machinists at Learjet walked off the job on Oct. 8 after rejecting the company’s proposal of a new labor contract.

“The IAM members give millions of dollars to the United Way,” said Machinists spokesman Bob Wood. “We just saw this as an opportunity. We had some time so we can give back and help out some more.”