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Boeing Machinists Say They’ll Ask NLRB To Help Force A Vote (Read More…)

BY ASHLEY GROSS

Some Boeing machinists angry at their union leaders plan to ask for help from the National Labor Relations Board.

They’re upset that local leaders from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers turned down Boeing’s best and final offer without putting it to members for a vote. The offer would have secured assembly of the next 777 jet in Washington state along with the carbon-fiber wing fabrication.

But local leaders from the union say the proposal from Boeing asked for too many concessions on retirement and health benefits as well as wages.

Paul Fritzler, who works on the 767 in Everett and has been with Boeing for three years, says he wants to file an unfair labor practice charge against the union for not letting members vote.

“That’s our main goal right now, is to try to get some help to force this to a vote,” Fritzler said.

Boeing says machinists union rejected ‘best and final’ 777X contract (Read More…)

By W.J. Hennigan
December 12, 2013


Boeing Co. said the machinists union in Washington has rejected a “best and final” contract proposal that would ensure the aerospace giant would build its next-generation 777X airliner in the state.

The announcement came after the third day of meetings between Boeing and the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751. The talks were the first between the two sides since the union overwhelmingly voted to reject a eight-year contract extension last month.

Since then, Boeing has opened a nationwide sweepstakes asking other states to submit incentive-laden proposals. The company said it received proposals from 22 states, many of which submitted multiple sites for consideration.

Washington is still in the running to build the twin-aisle jet, but it’s unclear whether Boeing will move forward without a deal with the machinists union. It represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers.

“We entered these discussions to address the concerns we were hearing from our employees,” Ray Conner, chief executive of Boeing commercial airplanes, said in a statement. “We’ve listened to the union leadership and had an open dialogue in hopes of moving toward each other. Unfortunately the offer, which would have ensured this great airplane for the Puget Sound region, was immediately rejected by the union leadership.”

The machinists union did not immediately comment.

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