Machinists to vote again on revised 777X contract

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 11:14 AM

The international headquarters of the Machinists union near Washington D.C. will force another vote on the revised 777X contract extension offer from Boeing.

Frank Larkin, spokesman for International Association of Machinists, said there will be a vote but “the date and details have not been finalized.”

Jan. 3 is a possibility, Larkin said. But he said they need to move quickly because of Boeing’s decision process.

If the Machinists vote yes on the contract, Boeing will honor the contract that will include building the 777X and wing in Everett.

The Portland IAM District Local 63, which is in the same bargaining unit as Puget Sound area district 751, posted information about a Jan. 3 vote on their website.

The post said a letter from International IAM President Tom Buffenbarger “explaining the terms in greater detail will be mailed in the coming days.”

The Portland website posted a link to the proposal on their website.

On their website, IAM District 751 said "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.

Because of the massive takeaways, the Union is adamantly recommending members reject this offer (more information to come). Members need to look at the facts of the economic destruction they would live under for the next 11 years -- without any opportunity to change those economic proposals or any other provision of the contract. And all of this comes as Boeing is experiencing record profits and backlogs, not to mention the $10 billion stock buy back the Boeing Board approved just this last week.

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.

THERE IS NO STOPPING THE VOTE; THEREFORE, YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD AT THE VOTING POLLS!

The timing of the vote will make it very difficult to get information out to you and to recruit adequate volunteers to ensure members do not wait in line for hours to vote on Jan. 3. Voting for 31,000 people is a monumental task, and it is imperative as many members as possible get the opportunity to vote."

Workers that KING 5 News talked with said they're just glad there will be a vote.

 “We weren't trying to get a yes or no vote, that's not the thing for this it was that we wanted a right to vote,” said Mauri Osterberg.

Some workers believe the deal is different enough to sway some of those no votes.. keeping current wage progression levels was a big issue for this group.

"The progression period of the last one you would have to wait, what 21 years 22 years to max out for new hires,” said Jeffrey Johnson.

Better dental benefits and language that keeps the 737 around until 2024 are also attractive bonuses. Where the company didn't budge was pensions.

"Everyone’s going to 401K, pensions are a thing of the past. They're at 11 percent of companies and it's declining,” said Osterberg.

The pension issue has been a big sticking point for union leaders - whether it's as important to the rank and file remains to be seen. 

“ I don't see much changing but people still have the right to vote,” said Robert Brown.

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