Click Here to recieve Text/email Communications 2020 Triumph

Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA)  4/4/2022


Word.doc Request for Determination 

Power Point TAA Program Overview WSLC

Unemployment (UI):

A user guide on “How To Register and Apply for UI Benefits”: https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/Unemployment/eservices-claimant-user-guide-english.pdf

Link to create WorkSourceWA account and apply for UI benefits: https://secure.esd.wa.gov/home/

There will be one unpaid waiting week.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA):

Eligible for those employed by Triumph longer than 6 months. Federal funds for worker re-training.

Local point of contact for re-training and trade act benefits:

https://worksourcespokane.com/contact (schedule an in-person meeting)

Spokane WorkSource: 1- 509-532-3120 (Ask to speak with TAA Case Manager)

Triumph TAA Request for Determination attached*

TAA Powerpoint attached*

Amanda will follow up with two TAA flyers (Apprenticeship & OJT)**

Registered Apprenticeship:

Apprenticeship 101 information: https://worksourcewa.com/microsite/Content.aspx?appid=MGSWAAPPREN&pageType=simple&seo=landingpage

Search for apprenticeship programs by county and occupation: https://secure.lni.wa.gov/arts-public/#/program-search

Inquire and apply directly to registered apprenticeship program(s).

For further assistance, please reach out! 

Rachel McAloon                                                                                Amanda Standley                                                            

Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO                                    Employment Security Department                           

360-515-1335                                                                                    425-231-8043                                                                   

rmcaloon@wslc.org                                                                        amanda.standley@esd.wa.gov                                                               

July 27, 2021 - New Trade Act petition approved

All workers of Triumph Composite Systems, Inc. including workers whose wages were reported under Triumph Group, Spokane, Washington, who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after September 14, 2021 through two years from the date of certification, and all workers in the group threatened with total or partial separation from employment on the date of certification through two years from this date of certification, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended


July 15, 2021

March 19th 2021 - Update

March 18 Update - Plan to Attend TAA Zoom Meeting

Plan to attend this informative Zoom meeting to learn about resources available to you and how to file for TAA benefits.

Topic: Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) meeting

Time: March 25, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Zoom meeting


Meeting ID: 858 3089 9267
Passcode: 785043
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February 22nd Update - Meeting

Topic: IAMNPF Triumph meeting

Time: Mar 4, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 829 2947 7178

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Jan. 28, 2021 - Triumph Announced Closing Spokane Plant

We learned on Jan. 27th that Triumph Composites Systems has decided to close the Spokane plant, which we believe is the wrong decision. The company has not yet provided details other than they are starting the process of closing the site.

While COVID is one of the circumstances that may have led to this decision, we are all well aware that Triumph built factories in Mexico where they’ve sent a large portion of our work over the last 7-8 years. At the same time, you, our members, worked hard to ensure this factory was profitable. You learned new skills, adapted to new technology and performed whatever you were asked. It is disappointing the company has not shown the same loyalty to you, their other employees, and to the community that we live in.

Even though we have all been concerned about the future for Triumph in Spokane, we always had hope that we would see more work placed in the factory. The news we heard yesterday was tough to hear for all of us. I can’t overstate the importance of you to Local Lodge 86, District 751 and the community there in Spokane. I will always be proud of the work we did together, fighting for a better standard and standing up for our principles. You all have inspired me and I will not forget the example you set for our union and the labor movement.

We will continue to push for additional information and share that with you when we receive it. We will ensure that Triumph follows all aspects of the contract in regards to layoff and severance benefits. 

IAM District 751 has already secured a Trade Adjustment Assistance Petition, which provides additional training and unemployment resources for not only our members, but all employees including management, who get laid-off. We will continue working to support our members impacted by this decision. We will keep you updated on these and other issues as they become known.

Sign up for our text and email message for updates at: https://www.questionpro.com/t/ABp73ZgW03

In Solidarity,

Jon Holden, District 751 President

Information on Trade Adjustment Assistance: click here for the 6-page TAA Information Booklet


May 11, 2020 - Members Ratify New Three-Year Agreement!

Members at Triumph today overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement. Thanks to all the members who turned out to vote and showed constant solidarity with a strong message on the shop floor. Your work on the shop floor is what gave us the ability to secure these provisions, which would not have been possible without you. 

The new three-year contract includes Wage, Bonuses, adopting the Preferred Pension Plan, maintaining health and welfare benefits, creating new MOU for severance and healthcare on layoff, new PTO bank which includes increases in total benefits, and eliminating the two-tier wage system.

We were faced with unique challenges with all the events related to COVID 19 pandemic. Negotiating our new Collective bargaining agreement meant we had to have sessions over the telephone and through videoconferencing. Your negotiation committee had to work cooperatively in order to adjust to the new bargaining culture which inevitably led to a contract you accepted.

Special thanks to the negotiating team and the subcommittee on all the work they have done during this contract cycle. 

Thanks to each and every member who participated in the negotiation process. Again, your solidarity was critical during this current pandemic and the impact it had on the aerospace industry.

May 8, 2020 - Tentative Agreement Reached

7:30 p.m. - Click here or below for a redline copy of the contract.

Your negotiation team and Triumph Composites Systems reached a tentative agreement on Friday, May 8, 2020. Members identified wages as a top issue, along with adopting the preferred Pension Plan and maintaining Health and Welfare benefits. Your negotiation team secured a three-year agreement, which includes elimination of the Two-Tier Wage system, Wages, Bonuses, Preferred Plan and a new PTO bank, which includes increases in total benefits. See below for highlights/summary of the tentative agreement. Click here for a redline copy of the contract.

Members will vote the proposal on Monday, May 11 at the Spokane Union Hall from Noon to 5 p.m.

May 7, 2020 - Negotiations Update

Your negotiation committee has worked hard to prepare a proposal that addresses the concerns and demands of our membership.

Your committee has met with the Triumph negotiating team this week and will continue to push for improvements of the issues that you have identified as our top concerns.

There have been many tentative agreements made this week on articles based on survey results. We have maintained the original language of many articles and are making positive improvements on others. Again, these are important but do not rise to the same level of concern as Wages, Pension and Healthcare. These issues have not been resolved to date. We will continue negotiations thru the rest of this week.

Your continued strength and solidarity is what gives your negotiating committee the ability to bargain with leverage on your behalf.

We have received many inquiries as to when and how we will be voting on the contract.  At this time, we have yet to receive a Last, Best, and Final Offer from the company.

When the committee receives the final offer, we will have a summary of all the changes on our web link as soon as possible.

Once we have received the final offer from the company, we will schedule a vote at the Union Hall.  Due to related issues with COVID-19 we will be following CDC guidelines and scheduling staggered voting times to accommodate social distancing rules.

We will post a voting schedule on the web as soon as it becomes available.

All of us need to remain strong and unified in order to get the best contract that we can!

In solidarity,

Your bargaining committee,

Jon Holden, Steve Warren, Chris Powers, Spencer Thal, Aaron Smith, Jerry Purser and John Warren

April 30, 2020 Update - Effects Bargaining Agreement Reached

Your Union negotiation committee met with Triumph over the last two weeks on  Bargaining and Effects Bargaining.  We successfully achieved benefits on Effects Bargaining related to recent layoffs in regards to COVID-19 for all members laid off April 1, 2020 going forward. Effects agreement is available and summary of the agreement are posted below. We encourage everyone to read them


April 17th 2020 - Strong Message with 96% Strike Authorization

Machinists Union members from Triumph Composites spoke loud and clear with one voice on April 17th as they cast a 96% YES vote for Strike Sanction! The strong showing and unity tell Triumph our members are determined in our fight for a fair contract and supporting  Contract 2020!”

UPDATE - April 16, 2020 - Negotiations Update

Today your negotiating committee met with Triumph negotiating team to begin the bargaining process for a new collective bargaining agreement covering wages, hours, and working conditions. We also made proposals addressing the mass layoffs previously announced and in line with our demand to bargain the effects of their COVID-19 related decisions.

Your bargaining committee has worked hard on your behalf and prepared a contract proposal addressing the concerns and demands of our membership.

Due to the current COVID-19, we met via teleconference. Your negotiation committee met at the Spokane and the Seattle Union Hall.

We presented our full comprehensive proposal to the company and your committee spoke with confidence regarding the issues it contained. We made proposals for improvements in both economic and non-economic articles of the bargaining agreement.

The company listened to our proposals but did not give the committee a counterproposal. Triumph asked to reconvene for further negotiations and we plan to meet early next week.

We will send out a text message when we have more information or updates to report

In Solidarity,

Your negotiation committee, Jerry Purser, John Warren, Aaron Smith, Jon Holden, Chris Powers, Steve Warren and Spencer Thal.

UPDATE April 15, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

As we have been preparing for traditional bargaining with Triumph Composite Systems Inc., we have been impacted by unforeseen events related to COVID-19. As a result, the airline and aerospace industries have been greatly affected, and we are experiencing mass layoffs within the companies that we represent. In our case at Triumph, this has affected more than two-thirds of our bargaining unit.

As COVID-19 became a real concern in the workplace, we began contacting all employers including Triumph to ensure they were providing all the necessary PPE, social distancing of the workforce and cleaning of the workplace. We also made them aware of all federal legislation that may offer support to them and our members. In addition, we requested that they provide the benefits offered through Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). However, because Triumph is an employer of greater than 500 employees, they are not mandated to follow this law.

Once District 751 was contacted by the company and notified of the pending mass layoffs, we immediately demanded to bargain the impacts of their decision. Given the timeframe of the announcement and the significant impact to our membership, we requested to schedule negotiation dates as soon as possible.

Triumph agreed and we will meet for formal negotiations by videoconference, Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 9 a.m. Your negotiation committee, Jon Holden, Steve Warren, Chris Powers, Spencer Thal, Aaron Smith, Jerry Purser and John Warren are prepared to give full comprehensive proposals addressing all the issues you raised.

This videoconference will cover both formal contract negotiations and effects bargaining.

Although these unforeseen circumstances have made it necessary to accelerate the bargaining schedule, I believe the best strategy is for us to begin bargaining a fair contract on your behalf immediately. Exercising your solidarity, your strength and your concerted activity during this time is essential.

We will provide updates as we can on our progress via our website http://www.iam751.org/triumph/ and also through text messaging, which you can sign up for on the website.

In solidarity,

Your bargaining committee,

Jon Holden, Steve Warren, Chris Powers, Spencer Thal, Aaron Smith, Jerry Purser and John Warren

UPDATE April 14, 2020

Trade Act Adjustment (TAA)

Many layoff packets did not include the Trade Act Adjustment information. Attached is the communication flyer if you choose to apply for Commissioner approved training.


Dear Members:

We were notified today that Triumph Composites Systems is going to layoff an additional 95 bargaining unit members effective April 30, 2020.

This is in addition to the 30 bargaining unit layoffs already announced effective April 24, 2020.

The aerospace manufacturing industry is experiencing severe and unprecedented negative impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic where we see many employers we represent laying off our members both for the short term temporarily and for the long-term until the industry rebounds. While COVID-19 plays a role in these layoffs Triumph announced, it can also be attributed to Triumph’s continual outsourcing of work to Mexico over the last five years.

We have reached out to Triumph and demanded to bargain the impacts of their decision as soon as possible.

We are already scheduled to begin traditional bargaining with the expiration of the contract coming on May 11, 2020. We will work hard to address our members’ concerns both for our complete bargaining agreement and to address the effects our members are facing during this mass layoff.

We will be providing additional information on Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, including an additional $600 weekly benefit on top of state UI until the end of July, and an additional 13 weeks of available benefits until the end of December.

We also have a current Trade Adjustment Assistance petition in effect that provides an additional safety net. These resources will also be available to our members from Triumph.

In Solidarity,

Steve Warren
Business Representative


Strike sanction vote is one of the most important things we can do to help assure a fair and equitable contract. The IAM requires that we must sanction a strike vote in order to be compliant with Constitution. The initial vote provides advanced legal notice to the Grand Lodge, so members will receive strike benefit checks without any undo delay if they vote to strike after voting on the contract offer.

A strong signal of membership determination can persuade the company to bargain earnestly and reduce the chances you will have to strike to secure a fair agreement.

Because of the current situation with COVID-19 and the ban on all gatherings, we received dispensation to conduct our strike sanction by mail. The ballot and information flyers posted below will go out in the mail on Thursday, April 9.

Please use your voice and demonstrate your solidarity by casting your strike sanction vote!



Contract Communication Text cards are available from your Union Steward and Subcommittee members. Please fill them out and return them for March 12. This is one of the most effective ways to communicate during negotiations. Fill out yours today!


Please plan to attend the General Membership Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 12th

February 10, 2020.

Thanks everyone working swing shift who was able to attend the informational meeting in the town hall.

Reminder! If you haven't already done so, turn in your T-shirt order before February 12.

In solidarity, your negotiation committee and sub-committee


Union T-shirts are available from your Union Steward and Subcommittee Member


Every member is encouraged to take part and fill out a Union contract survey for the upcoming negotiations with Triumph Composites Systems. The first survey will focus on health and benefit issues.

Surveys are availabe from your Union Steward beginning January 20. Completed surveys must be returned by January 31.

Building solidarity and unifying our members starts with the Stewards and shop floor leaders. Union Stewards and Business Rep Steve Warren put together a Triumph Contract Negotiations Subcommittee in an effort to better engage members in the process.
Only through education and participation can members present a united, determined front that will convince management they are serious in negotiations.

Machinists Inplant Committee consists of Union Stewards: Jerry Purser, John Warren, Aaron Smith and Ida Auckerman. 

Day Shift Subcommittee: Tony Wade, Rene Ochoa, Carl Andrews, Rebecca Holloway, Linda Loui, Darren Truitt, Ryan Purser and Kevin Winnas.

Swing Shift Subcommittee: Si Mai and Jerry purser.

Thanks to all the members who took part in the August membership meeting to kick off negotiations.