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Seattle Times: Boeing Machinists to vote Jan. 3 on Boeing 777X contract


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SEATTLE – Boeing machinists will get to vote again on the company’s 777X contract extension offer, the Seattle Times reported.  The national headquarters of the Machinists union is forcing the vote, despite and against the wishes of the union’s local Puget Sound-area leadership.  Rich Michalski, the lead negotiator for the national headquarters of the union, confirmed the vote would be on January 3, 2014, the Times reported.

A vote to accept the company’s contract offer would mean that the Everett Boeing plant would get to assemble the new 777X.  A “yes” vote by the union would end the national site search for another location to do the work, the Times reported.

Wilson Ferguson, president of the Local A unit of District 751 told the Times that the district would send out notification to members later Saturday.

The Portland, Oregon IAM local 63 web site has details on the voting arrangements in Portland area.  Also, the web site says that International IAM President Tom Buffenbarger will send a letter to union members, explaining the terms of the Boeing contract offer and the need for a vote, the Times reported.

District 751 president Tom Wroblewski has repeatedly said that the Boeing offer that he rejected earlier this month is too similar to the original offer that the machinists rejected 2-to-1 in November, and no new vote is necessary, the paper reported.

The IAM 751 website responded to the news of the vote with a strong message:

“Despite objections from District 751 leadership, the International has insisted on a vote on January 3rd to ensure you spend your holidays studying and debating a concessionary proposal that is largely unchanged from the one you rejected by a 2-to-1 margin on Nov. 13.

International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger ordered the vote over objections of 751’s elected officials, and Rich Michalski announced the Jan. 3rd vote to the Seattle Times on Saturday, Dec. 21.







15 Comments to “Seattle Times: Boeing Machinists to vote Jan. 3 on Boeing 777X contract”

    Travis said:
    December 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Dont mess it up this time you overpaid, underworked union stooges.

      Wally said:
      December 21, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Keep delivering those pizzas Travis!

      DoThe Right Thing said:
      December 23, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      Travis there are alot of really hard working Union folks – and then there's the lazy senior guys that are spoken about by the newbies. I hate to generalize but the NEGATIVE always usurps the positive. Why can't the union MEMBERS vote on WHICH lazy folks should go and then that's brought up during the next performance review?? Oh that's right – union members DON'T get their performances rated – it's just a done deal that at 6 years you are at the top of your payscale. THAT'S WHY WE ALL HAVE ISSUES WITH U N I O N S !!!!!!!

    screenshot said:
    December 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Reblogged this on Screenshots News.

    Seattle & Stuff said:
    December 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Reblogged this on SeattleANDstuff.com.

    Ralph said:
    December 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Seems like the Seattle Times has a history of trying to uncover Boeing's flaws and mistakes for one reason or another. Are they a credible source for anything?

    INSPECTOR said:
    December 22, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    They can drag us back time and time again but we will CONTINUE TO VOTE NO if Boeing is going to come back with the same offensive offer. HOW DARE THEY!!!!! LET'S SHOW THEM HOW WE FEEL, LET'S SHOOT FOR 90%.

    Dothe RIght Thing said:
    December 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    When will the local union STOP making such derogatory insulting comments? WHERE is the professionalism – REGARDLESS of your opinion your union LEADERS should be LEADERS NOT unprofessional blow hards. Just state the facts without your pissed off whiny comments – it reaffirms the opinion all of us NON UNION folks have of Boeing Union Employees – undereducated overpaid employees. When you VOTE IN a more professional, calm, leadership team – maybe you will get some support from the rest of the state.

    787mechanic said:
    December 23, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    This contract will be voted down by a landslide. We will not bow down to the companies threats, or their extortion tactics. Stay tuned everyone! You are about to see history in the making! You can count on that!

    vote yes said:
    December 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Vote yes or vote for the the company to leave the state of Washington completely within 20-30 years. Not replaceable? We will be. All the company needs is trained high school grads. I'm sure they will be willing to take the time and investment to train a new group of workers to replace us all. GIve them 20 years. All of the trainees now who struggle will be good machinists by then. In 20 years those who are trained can replace us all. Goodbye jobs in WA. I want to work in WA state until I retire. I'm voting yes. I want to retire a Boeing employee. It won't happen if a no vote passes. A no vote destroys jobs. Vote yes.

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