Six Flags workers to eye accord

first_imgVALENCIA – A threatened strike by Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain roller-coaster maintenance workers may have been averted by a tentative agreement between union leaders and the park owners. The tentative pact, reached early Saturday between Six Flags Inc. and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers representatives, will be voted on by workers today in a secret-ballot vote, said IAMAW union representative Don Whitaker. Had an agreement not been reached, workers had planned to strike at 12:01 a.m. today. “(Negotiations) were very, very tough,” Whitaker said Saturday. “As of last night, we thought we’d have a strike.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Details of the tentative agreement were not made public, but Whitaker said, “It’s not everything we wanted, but it’s a lot more than the company was willing to give.” Union maintenance workers at Magic Mountain are paid up to 30 percent less than their counterparts at Disneyland and Universal Studios theme parks, he said. The union wants to lift Six Flags workers’ pay to what he called “industry standards.” Six Flags public relations manager Sue Carpenter said she was “very optimistic that the agreement will be ratified.” “If it’s not, we are fully prepared to operate as normal, with trained, certified and experienced workers from other Six Flags parks,” she said. Replacement workers have been brought to Valencia and “we’re prepared to keep them as long as necessary,” Carpenter said. Magic Mountain is the only Six Flags park in the United States currently open; the company’s other amusement parks do not begin operations until late spring, she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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