Workers return to White Sands Missile Range

White Sands

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Hundreds of striking workers for a White Sands Missile Range contractor have ratified a new contract and ended their walkout after eight days.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the strike against TRAX International ended midnight Tuesday and that union-represented workers were back on the job Wednesday.

Jay Jaramillo of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace says members of Local 2315 voted Monday to ratify a new contract with their employer.

Jaramillo says new contract terms include allowing workers to be paid for travel time in government vehicles to distant locations. The deal also includes a 2.5 percent per year pay raise.

The company says it was disappointed by the workers’ decision to strike but that it looks forward to continuing its work with a full-strength work force. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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