Published On: Fri, Dec 9th, 2011

Union Ratifies Contract with Boeing, Requests Dismissal of Complaint

The machinists’ union at Boeing cheered after their contract with the company was ratified Wednesday. About 74 percent supported the contract on Wednesday in a ballot among 31,000 union members who accepted the proposal unveiled last week.

Boeing plans to increase output by 60 percent after four union walkouts since 1989 delayed hundreds of deliveries reported the New York Times. The company has promised to build a revamped 737 jet at a current factory near Seattle.

In a new development, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union has asked the National Labor Relations Board to drop a complaint against the company after union members approved the new contract.

While the resolution of the N.L.R.B. case against Boeing was not addressed in the terms of the new contract, the IAM declared it would consider the matter settled once the contract was ratified and the new job security provisions were in place.

Workers asked the N.L.R.B. to retract the complaint filed over a new 787 plant in South Carolina, whereby Boeing decided to build its first commercial assembly plant outside the Puget Sound area.

The union complained to N.L.R.B. after company executives said that the new 787 factory in South Carolina that is not unionized, would avoid walkouts in Washington. After an investigation, the labor board accused Boeing of violating workers’ federally protected right to strike reported the Times.

“I have contacted the N.L.R.B. to advise them of the ratification results and requested they initiate the appropriate steps to withdraw the complaint without delay,” said IAM Vice President Rich Michalski. “Despite an unprecedented level of harassment, intimidation and partisan political pressure, the NLRB and its officers measured up to the highest standard of grace under pressure. They deserve the thanks and admiration of every law-abiding American.”

The N.L.R.B. reported that it would consider the union’s request for a dismissal of the case.

In the new agreement, workers will receive a 2 percent raise; however, employees will pay more of their health costs.


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