A strike at Calspan Corp. has entered its seventh week, after striking workers rejected the latest offer from the company on Monday.
Twenty-four workers at Calspan sites in Cheektowaga and at the Niagara Falls International Airport have been on strike since May 13. The workers are members of Lodge 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Linda Collette, senior director of business development and marketing at Calspan, said the latest offer “represented a significant attempt to motivate the union to return to work,” and that the offer “meets or exceeds the terms of employment for the nonunion Calspan staff in every respect.”
Other unions and groups like the Coalition for Economic Justice have supported the striking workers, citing issues such as a defined work schedule and limitations on forcible overtime as two key issues in the dispute.
Calspan has a range of aeronautics and transportation testing operations spread across the two sites. The striking workers include mechanics, machinists, aircraft inspectors and wind tunnel workers. As of Tuesday, the union and the company said no new talks are scheduled.