Machinists at BAE Systems OK three-year agreement

SEATTLE — Machinists Union members who test and install flight decks for a Boeing Co. contractor have unanimously ratified a three-year contract.

BAEStrikeSanctionUnder their contract with BAE Systems, the workers will maintain cost of living increases and pension benefits for the next three years, while also collecting $1,000 lump sum payments in each year of the contract.

The Machinists at BAE are a small group of electronics specialists who install and test flight decks on Boeing 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s. The business was part of Boeing before the company sold it to BAE Systems in 2004.

“Our members at BAE were pretty happy with their pay and benefits under the last contract,” said Richard Jackson, chief of staff at Machinists Union District Lodge 751. “The company, on the other hand, was looking to cut cost wherever it could. So after additional input from members, we ended up with a compromise that preserved the most important aspects of the collective bargaining agreement.”

Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 32,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.

Think you’d be better off working under a union contract? Click here to talk to an IAM 751 representative about how to join the Machinists Union.


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