Machinists union negotiators enter federal mediation over Learjet strike

With a strike at Bombardier Learjet in its fifth week, the Machinists union’s negotiating committee entered into federal mediation on Wednesday, the union said on its website.

George Cohen, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service director, said in a statement Friday that the mediation service has asked the company and the union to return to negotiations with federal mediators. The two parties agreed.

The FMCS, the union and the company also agreed not to make any public comment until further notice, Cohen said in a statement.

Learjet Machinists struck the company Oct. 8 after members rejected its proposal of a five-year labor agreement and voted for a work stoppage. The biggest issue was substantial cost increases in medical insurance.