International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Boeing Union Affirms New Contract, Secures Future Of 777X in Washington

Late Friday night the Boeing machinist union voted to accept management’s latest contract offer. I predicted it would be a close vote but I thought the local union leadership would sway enough folks to vote no even though they were likely casting a vote to phase out their jobs long-term. It was close (51-49) but the union voted yes, which means, in theory, labor harmony until next decade and a firm decision by Boeing to build the vast majority of the 777X in the Seattle area. The 777X is likely […]

What To Expect From The Boeing Union Vote Friday

When Boeing union members widely rejected the latest contract offer recently, it seemed to largely indicate that Boeing would move production of significant parts of the 777X out of Washington state.  The wing is the likely thing getting moved, and after the failed vote Boeing made good on its promise to seek proposals from a number of states to move these future jobs elsewhere. At the time, Boeing was coy about whether they would come back to the bargaining table.  But, I predicted in that last post that Boeing would […]

What Does The Recent Boeing Union Vote Mean For The 777X?

The Boeing machinists union rejected a new contract offer from Boeing just about a week ago.  I was actually in the camp that thought they would accept the offer, though probably not by a wide margin.  Instead, they soundly rejected it by a margin of 2 to 1. For those that haven’t been following along, Boeing was offering the union a lengthy extension to their current contract but with concessions.  Some of those concessions were painful, like moving to a 401K style retirement plan instead of a defined pension.  But, […]