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Boeing And Community Leaders Put Pressure On IAM Members For A Yes Vote

December 30, 2013 - On Monday Boeing had indicated that a yes vote by the Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) would ensure the 777X airplane (production, wings, sub-assemblies and wiring) in Puget Sound, Washington. A Boeing spokesman told local leaders a no vote would mean the company would look for a new location. 

Members of the IAM will vote January 3, 2014, on a revised proposal from the Boeing Company. The new proposal contains significant improvements over an earlier offer from Boeing that was rejected by IAM members on November 13, 2013. 

The proposal was defeated and further negotiations with Boeing ceased. On December 9, Boeing requested a meeting with the Union. The Union and the Company met on December 10 and 12, 2013. The meeting resulted in a new proposal with amended terms and additional money. The total value of the new proposals to the contract offer adds more than $1 billion to the previous offer. 

Local politicians are encouraging IAM members to vote on Friday with a yes vote. As they fear if IAM members vote against the new contract Boeing will move its plant to another state. Although some IAM members have indicated they believe the threat made by Boeing is a “fake” play by the Company and others have indicated contract negations should take place with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the federal court system. 

IAM has informed its members that Friday’s vote will be the final vote on this proposed contract. Since the previous vote taken on November 13, the Boeing Company sought Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from several other potential sites to locate the 777X program. 

Boeing spokesman Doug Alder spoke with local leaders in which he indicated this would “be the last opportunity for the union to vote prior to Boeing making a decision" on where it will build the 777X. Bob Drewel, former Snohomish County executive said, "We have an opportunity to either grow the aerospace industry here in Everett ... and here in the State of Washington, or, unfortunately and conversely, we will watch that industry shrink in front of us."

The Boeing 777 is a long-range wide-body twin-engine jet airliners. The 777-8X and 777-9X is referred to as 777X. The 777x will accommodate 407 passengers and have a longer fuel range. The 777X is expected to go into service by 2019. Boeing officially launched the 777X at the 2013 Dubai Airshow in November 2013, announcing a total of 259 orders worth more than US$95 billion.



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