UPDATE: In an email to TDH, Aerospace Coordinator Tony Blevins has stated that he was not at the meeting described in the second flyer. Blevins told TDH that, “The alleged statement made by Jason Baze was made during a ‘LL 839 Shop Steward meeting” that takes places after the LL regular membership meeting. I do not attend these meetings and I was not in attendance this day either.”
Local Lodge 839 Business Representative Jason Baze ignored their contract to get a convicted child molester his job back at Spirit AeroSystems
Christopher Daniel Swenson was terminated from his job at Spirit after he was convicted of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child in February
Baze is said to have ignored at least 100 other grievances to get Swenson his job back
Baze violated the terms of the contract between Local Lodge 839 and Spirit AeroSystems when he got Swenson his job back
Flyers have been posted around Spirit alerting workers and union members of Baze’s actions
Members of the union claim Baze is defending his actions and none of his superiors are doing anything to rectify the situation
Flyers being distributed around Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas claim that 2nd shift Local Lodge 839 Business Representative Jason Baze ignored a long list of grievances to rehire his friend who is a convicted sex offender.
On December 28, 2015, 38-year-old Christopher Daniel Swenson committed the act of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child 14 years of age, a felony in Kansas. On February 10, 2017, Swenson was convicted and is now a registered sex offender in the State of Kansas.
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
To get a better understanding of the situation, The Daily Haze spoke to several members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers under the terms that they could remain anonymous to avoid any retaliation.
After Swenson’s conviction, he was fired from his job at Spirit AeroSystems. Baze managed to get Swenson back to work just months later. Word quickly spread that a child molester was working at the plant and Swenson was once again terminated.
At least two different flyers were placed around the plant alerted workers and members of the union of Baze’s actions.
We were told Baze allegedly skipped over at least 100 valid grievances to rehire a convicted child molester. Not only did Baze skip other grievances, he blatantly violated Article 7.3 of the contract between District Lodge 70, and Local Lodge 839 and Spirit AeroSystems.
Article 7.3 states, “any dismissal or suspension of an employee who has committed a sex crime victimizing a child or children shall be deemed to be for cause and shall not be subject to the grievance and arbitration procedure of this Article 7.” You can read the full contract below.IAM-CBA-2010-2020-final
Local Lodge 839
Baze is said to have defended his actions and stated Swenson is his friend. At a Local Lodge 839 meeting, Baze allegedly compared a child molester to someone getting fired for damaging an aircraft part.
The second flyer alleges Baze made his argument in front of Directing Business Representative for LL 839 Cornell Beard and Aerospace Coordinator Tony Blevins. Baze went as far as saying he would rehire a child molester again.
Members of the union are now upset that Baze would break their contract to rehire a child molester, and shocked he would defend his actions and even say he would do it again. Even more frustrating is that Baze’s superiors seem to be okay with his actions.
One member of the union told TDH they will leave the union if nothing is done about the situation by the end of the year.
He should be removed from office.
He is licensed and bonded, and we have a contract to enforce, and he violated that as a representative per page 46. He is expected to uphold the contract.
This is disgusting, and if something is not done by the end of the year, I will no longer be paying dues.
Another member said they would also no longer pay their dues after the poor handling of the situation.
My husband quit paying dues. My brother-in-law and sister no longer pay dues. I cannot believe I continued to pay dues for this kind of representation. I will be getting out also.
A third member was shocked that other serious problems were being ignored so a child molester could be brought back to work.
This union is in total decline. The sickest part about a paid union representative is that they no longer care about right and wrong. With serious problems out there [Baze] is more concerned about getting a child molester back to work. This is wrong.
Baze has failed to adhere to the terms of the union’s contract and therefore failed their members. Things appear that they will continue to get worse if Baze’s superiors cannot take the appropriate measures to ensure they are operating by the standards of their contract and the standards of their members.