As of Tuesday’s meeting with Gov. Mark Parkinson, there is an “agreement in principle” among the state, the Machinists union and Hawker Beechcraft that will keep the “vast majority of jobs” in Wichita, to use the governor’s words. That’s outstanding news, though no guarantee. First, the union and company need to come together on a long-term contract. But the announcement at least eases the worry the community has felt since Friday, when sources told The Eagle that Louisiana had offered $400 million for Hawker Beechcraft to move there. Leaders can’t let this hometown company and its 6,000 local jobs go without a fight, and they aren’t.
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