Machinists Vote To Strike Boeing | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 04.20.15

Airborne 04.14.15

Airborne 04.15.15

Airborne 04.16.15

Airborne 04.17.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 04.20.15

Airborne 04.14.15

Airborne 04.15.15

Airborne 04.16.15

Airborne 04.17.15

Thu, Sep 04, 2008

Machinists Vote To Strike Boeing

Members Reject Contract Offer; Walkout Delayed 48 Hours

By an overwhelming majority, employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have rejected the "best and final" contract offer from Boeing, and voted Wednesday to strike the American planemaker immediately. But union leaders told workers to stay on the job a little longer, in the hopes Boeing may find some new incentives to offer.

Reuters reports a large percentage of the 27,000 IAM-represented workers at Boeing's plants in Washington, Kansas and Pennsylvania voted to reject the contract offer, with 87 percent then casting their votes to strike at midnight Wednesday.

Those workers were then somewhat surprised, however, to learn IAM leaders had called for that walkout to be postponed for 48 hours, while they meet with Boeing representatives one last time in hopes to avert a walkout.

"We offered employees the best package of pay and benefits in the aerospace industry," said Doug Kight, Boeing's VP of Human Resources and lead negotiator, in a statement released early Thursday morning. He added the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service asked both sides to meet at a neutral location immediately, "to explore whether an agreement can be reached."

IAM workers, who have been preparing to strike for several months, expressed doubts such an agreement could be reached.

"There's an awful lot of unhappy people. I don't see a lot happening in the factory in the next couple of days," said Hans Ulfstein, a structural research mechanic at Boeing's widebody manufacturing plant in Everett, WA. "They better have a good screaming offer. If they don't, it's going to be a pretty long and nasty strike."

As ANN reported, Boeing offered what it called its "best and final" contract offer last week. That deal included five percent pay increases for the first year of the three-year contract, with 3 percent raises in each of the remaining years. Along with new benefits and incentives, the new contract would result in about $34,000 in added wages for the average worker over the term of the contract, according to Boeing.

Boeing also made concessions on some earlier proposals, including stripping provisions the union said would penalize new-hires. Still, union leaders recommended IAM members vote to reject the contract within hours after Boeing submitted it August 28... saying Boeing didn't go far enough in guaranteeing job security, or shifting health care costs off workers.

Should machinists walk out Friday at midnight -- and that's the odds-on favorite scenario at this time -- it would mark the fourth IAM strike against Boeing in 20 years. Analysts say a strike would cost Boeing about $100 million per day in lost revenue, as unfinished planes sit idle on production lines, unable to be delivered to customers.

If the strike lasts more than a few weeks, Boeing's suppliers would also feel the sting, as parts awaiting shipment to Boeing begin to stack up on the loading docks.

Analyst Richard Aboulafia, with the Teal Group, said he was surprised at the membership turnout in favor of a strike. "It looks like the union is flexing its muscles," he said. "It virtually guarantees that Boeing is going to have to pay more, and feel some pain."

FMI: www.boeing.com/2008negotiations/, www.iam751.org/contract08.htm

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 04.17.15: DC Gyroplane Fallout, ICAS Airshow Update, Message To Space

Also: Blue Origin, Flying Cucumber?, BBJ Combi, NetJets Partners w/Ohio State, ExIm Helo Deal, Long-Range Navy UAS Obviously, the stunt pulled by Douglas Hughes of Ruskin, Florida >[...]

Yes! We'll Be There! ANN/Airborne Ready For Lakeland

ANN, Aero-TV, Airborne Unlimited Return to Lakeland E-I-C Note: There really does seem to be a whole new generation at Lakeland, these days... we're not only looking forward to cov>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.20.15)

“It’s great to see the strong and growing endorsement for the versatile A330 Family. This reflects the market’s continuing appetite for the A330’s winning c>[...]

Congressional Leaders Push For Long-Range Navy UAS

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) One Of The Plan's Strongest Proponents Some Congressional leaders say the Pentagon is taking too cautious an approach in developing unmanned aircraft tec>[...]

Four To Be Inducted Into California Aviation Hall of Fame

Iris Cummings Critchell, Fitz Fulton, Bob Gilliland, And Burt Rutan To Be Honored The Santa Monica based Museum of Flying will host the induction into the California Aviation Hall >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC