Boeing machinists to vote January 3 on revised contract

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Unionized workers at Boeing Co (BA.N) will vote on January 3 on the company's latest proposed contract, according to a statement issued by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on Sunday evening.

In November, machinists at the Everett, Washington plant where Boeing's 777 jet is built voted 2 to 1 against the company's initial offer.

Under that eight year contract, production of Boeing's next jet - the 777X - would have remained in Washington state. But in exchange, management wanted to replace the workers' pension plan with a 401(k)-style retirement savings account and raise healthcare costs.

In the aftermath of the vote, Boeing said it would look for other locations to build the 777X, the only jet the company is likely to develop in the next 15 years.

Boeing later made a revised offer that included a larger signing bonus and other concessions, and asked union leaders to endorse it. But the leaders of IAM District Lodge 751, which represents the 31,000 workers, refused endorse it or put it up for a vote, saying the changes were not significant enough.

Details of the new offer will be sent to IAM District 751, District W-24 and District 70 members by mail prior to the vote, the IAM said in its statement, noting that the new proposal "contains significant improvements" from the earlier offer made by management in November.

(Reporting by Jessica Toonkel; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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Comments (2)
aircrafttest wrote:
Ok lets do the math! Boeing is offering you a total of a $1.20 cent raise over the duration of the contract thats not per year thats TOTAL until 2024 when the contract is over !! Now lets look at the medical it will go up to more then 1/4 of some peoples wages before taxes and your 401k may look like the rest of us who went thru 911 science and tech blow out, the housing market fiasco and all the layoffs you think you can take in a life time .So nobody is pushing anybody to vote no or yes we just hope you will be informed .As for the 737 going to charelston They were THEY WERE TURNED DOWN FLAT SO JUST ASK UNCLE JIM TO GIVE UP HIS $250,000.00 A MONTH so he can give ME $15.00 per year of service !! If you want to see what we really make type in a search machinist pay at boeing and you will see we dont make what people think!!! and that $5,000 ITS IN THE YEAR 2020 and the better dental yup thats in 10 more years .I WILL BE VOTING NO

Dec 24, 2013 1:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
aircrafttest wrote:
Ok lets do the math! Boeing is offering you a total of a $1.20 cent raise over the duration of the contract thats not per year thats TOTAL until 2024 when the contract is over !! Now lets look at the medical it will go up to more then 1/4 of some peoples wages before taxes and your 401k may look like the rest of us who went thru 911 science and tech blow out, the housing market fiasco and all the layoffs you think you can take in a life time .So nobody is pushing anybody to vote no or yes we just hope you will be informed .As for the 737 going to charelston They were THEY WERE TURNED DOWN FLAT SO JUST ASK UNCLE JIM TO GIVE UP HIS $250,000.00 A MONTH so he can give ME $15.00 per year of service !! If you want to see what we really make type in a search machinist pay at boeing and you will see we dont make what people think!!! and that $5,000 ITS IN THE YEAR 2020 and the better dental yup thats in 10 more years .I WILL BE VOTING NO

Dec 24, 2013 1:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
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