Jan 15 The president of Boeing Co's
biggest union, who was at the center of the negotiations with
the company to secure a crucial labor contract earlier this
month, said he will retire at the end of this month citing
Tom Wroblewski said the stress of the past three months, as
he "stood up to pressure" from the Boeing Co, politicians and
the union's International leadership over the recently ratified
777X proposal, had put him in hospital twice since Dec. 27,
according to a statement from the union. ()
Boeing's machinist union District 751 earlier this month
narrowly approved a deal for building the new 777X jetliner and
wings in the Seattle area, that secured thousands of jobs but
will cost workers their pensions.
Boeing has built aircraft in the Seattle area for more than
Wroblewski had earlier criticized Boeing's offer, saying it
was not better than the one union members had voted down by a
2-1 margin last year.
Wroblewski has served as president and directing business
representative of International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers District 751, which has 31,000 rank-and-file
members, since March 2007.
The union said it will select a replacement to serve out the
rest of Wroblewski's term, which runs into 2016.
Boeing was not immediately available for comment outside
regular U.S. business hours.