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.

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