Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work : NPR
A little bit of back story. Boeing was looking to build the new 777x in WA. it has secured all the other unions except for the machinist unions.The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.
They were opposing the contract on several accounts. They rejected the first one and boeing came back with better raises. the largest sticking point was the move from a pension to a defined contribution plan similar to a 401k.
Beoing had also stated that if the union rejected this bid that they would move to building the new jets to a new plant in which 22 states were already taking bids to get.
the local union in washington lost the last bid for the 777 dreamliner to much the same reason. those planes are being built in SC.
the vote ended up 51 -49 against with most of the yes votes coming from younger union members that were looking to keep their jobs.
the local union was under a lot of pressure not only from local government but from the national union leaders to accept the contract.
the contract states that the union cannot strike until 2024 when the contract is up.
congrats for younger people in wanting to keep their jobs.