Machinists vote to reject Boeing proposal

SEATTLE — Sixty-seven percent of the members of International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District Lodges 751 in Seattle and W-24 in Portland, Ore., voted Nov. 13 to reject the Boeing Co.’s offer of an eight-year contract extension that would have expired in 2024.

777X_BoeingIAM District 751 Directing Business Representative Tom Wroblewski issued the following statement:

“Today the democratic process work and our members made the decision to not accept the company’s proposal. It is my belief that we represent the best aerospace workforce in the world, and I hope that as a result of this vote, Boeing will not discard our skills when looking to place the 777X.

“We preserved something sacred by rejecting the Boeing proposal. We’ve held on to our pensions and that’s big. At a time when financial planners are talking about a ‘retirement crisis’ in America, we have preserved a tool that will help our members retire with more comfort and dignity.”

The IAM represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers who are affected by the vote and is among one of the largest trade unions in North America. For more information on District 751, visit. http://www.iam751.org

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