Machinists Vote to Accept Boeing Contract Extension by 74% Reaction From IAM 751, Boeing and Congressman Larsen

December 7, 2011

Everett Economy, Everett Jobs

From the IAM District 751 Website…
Machinists Vote For Jobs! 74%

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Congratulations. You have voted for jobs and ratified a four-year contract extension with the Boeing Co. by a vote of 74% to accept.

This agreement represents a historic moment in changing the relationship between this union and the Boeing Co. For the first time, company executives are committing to you to keep work in Puget Sound. They’re telling you that you, and the Machinists who come after you, will build the 737 MAX. You’ll build the P-8 Poseidon for the Navy, and the KC-46 tanker for the Air Force. And Boeing is committed to building twin-aisle jets in Everett, well into the future.

As a result of this vote, we have the strongest commitment to the future of aerospace jobs in Washington state that we’ve ever had.

We’ve also preserved retiree medical and pensions for new hires. Those are things that very few working people in America have today.

And just as important, this contract extension is the start of a new chapter in the IAM-Boeing relationship. We’re going to form a joint council of representatives from the top level of both the company and the union, which will meet monthly to pursue opportunities and work together to solve problems.

This committee has agreed to four mutual objectives, and first among them is this: Creating and sustaining good-paying jobs with benefits. Thanks to your vote on this contract extension, that now is one of the Boeing Co.’s stated goals.

Over the past decade, this union and Boeing have proven that we’re able to fight each other very effectively. Today, as a result of your vote, we’re committing ourselves to working together. It’ll be a big shift that we both need to embrace.

But we must do this. Because it’s obvious that we as union members cannot prosper if the Boeing Co. isn’t successful, and we’ve seen quite clearly that Boeing’s success is tied directly to the skills and experience of Machinists Union members.

Thank you for your support, and congratulations on having secured the future of aerospace manufacturing in Washington state.

From US Congressman Rick Larsen…
“Tonight’s vote by the union is a huge step forward for all of Northwest Washington,” Larsen said. “Not only does this secure production of the 737-MAX in Washington, but it gives these deserving workers the fair contracts they have earned. I applaud both the union and company leaders who worked out this strong agreement. Looking forward, this agreement enhances Washington’s competitiveness to secure future manufacturing by the best aerospace workers in the world.”

From Boeing…
“This contract will help secure a better future for our employees, our customers, our communities and our company,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “It reflects an effort on the part of the company and the union to find a better way to work together and achieve common ground. It’s a balanced agreement that makes us more competitive and ensures that the 737 – the best single-aisle airplane in the world – continues to be built by the people who know how to do it best.”

The vote ratifies an agreement between the company and union that builds on an emerging spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and places production of the 737 MAX in Renton.

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