UPDATE 2-Machinists' union says leaders win re-election by wide margin

Fri May 9, 2014 1:25pm EDT

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By Alwyn Scott

NEW YORK May 9 (Reuters) - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, one of North America's largest industrial unions, re-elected its leaders by a two-to-one margin on Friday, the union said.

The decision ends the first serious challenge to the leadership of the union, known as IAM, in more than 50 years, and signals a shift away from the challengers' reform drive.

Members "overwhelmingly rejected an effort to move this union backwards and we now turn our full attention to moving the IAM forward," IAM International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger said in a statement.

The challengers said they planned to dispute the results with the U.S. Labor Department. They questioned the validity of thousands of votes and alleged the incumbent leaders intimidated voters and used union funds for campaigning.

"We intend to ask the Department of Labor to investigate these serious violations, through every avenue available to us," said Jay Cronk, who ran for international president against Buffenbarger.

At stake in the election was the leadership of 332,000 dues-paying union members, including about 32,000 Boeing Co workers and others in jobs as diverse as airline ticket agents, wood workers and lobstermen in Maine.

Members cast 23,545 votes for Buffenbarger compared with 11,163 for Cronk. General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr was also re-elected with 23,828 votes received compared with 10,690 for challenger Dale Cancienne.

The eight vice president positions up for grabs all went to incumbents, though three of them were also listed on the slate of reform candidates. (Reporting by Alwyn Scott; editing by G Crosse and Paul Simao)

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tomas85225 wrote:
Wow after the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO leadership told the local 751 IAM membership that Boeing has 55 years of work
(Boeing back log is 5100 aircraft’s and at the current production rate will be completed in 6 years) and the workforce need to give up its pension plan and other benefits to Build 259 777-X in Washington state with 27 Billion of taxpayer money
Boeing to place much of 777X design work outside Seattle
www.reuters.com/article/…/boeing-777x-idUSL1N0IK1GO20131030Boeing just given Japan supplier 20% of 777-X
(Japan has 16% of the 767, 20% of the 777 and 35% of 787)
Boeing is Mutilation Corporation that builds 70% commercial aircraft in 70 counties and 25 states
That are only assemble commercial aircraft in Everett and Renton in Washington State
South Caroline was builds by Vought and its partner, Boeing and Global Aeronautica to build and assembly the 787
The IAM union local 751 was FIRED as the union in South Caroline for non performance in 2008
Boeing sells fabrication plants see
The IAM and local 751 should not be making agreement and give always benefits without an agreement from ALL the Unions at Boeing
There are 28 Boeing has 28 Unions, Boeing is organized into five primary divisions:
Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), Boeing Commercial Headquarters is located in the City of Renton see rentonwa.gov/blank_popup.aspx?id=5254
Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS),
Engineering, Operations & Technology,
Boeing Capital and Boeing Shared Services Group.
IAM District 751 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO District 751 represents the 45,000 active, retired and laid-off workers see www.iam751.org/pages/about751.htm
UAW represents Boeing in Long Beach California and Philadelphia
The IAM only represent Boeing in Washington State local 751,
Boeing Utah is Union on military programs only, Missouri local 688,Portland Oregon Lodge 2911, and Kansas IAM Lodge 70, commercial division was sold off in 2005 to Oxen’s of Canada is represents By IAM Lodge 70 Military side is moving to Texas
AZ, Fl, TX, OK. PA, AL, LA, SC, Japan, China are not represented by a Union
40% of Boeing workforce will retire over the next five years

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