Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) ratified a “landmark agreement” with Boeing yesterday that will ensure labor peace between the company and its 31,000 machinists for another four years and guarantee the production of the 737 MAX in Renton, Wash.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) will vote on December 7 on a four-year contract extension that includes a commitment by Boeing to build the 737 MAX in Renton, Wash.
Hawker Beechcraft and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union began negotiations on a new contract early last month. The current contract for the 2,800 aircraft line workers expires August 7. Hawker Beechcraft and the IAM opened negotiations early last October to try to reach an agreement. However, the proposal was overwhelmingly voted down and talks were closed until last month.
Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft and the machinists union that represents its production workers agreed to reopen contract negotiations tomorrow, with a membership vote now scheduled for October 16, a union spokesman said. This comes on the heels of an agreement reached on Tuesday evening by the company, the union and Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson that would keep the “vast majority” of Hawker Beechcraft jobs in Wichita.
Union workers at Cessna were back on the job as usual yesterday morning following a failed strike vote. Cessna on September 13 presented the union with a contract that the Machinists District 70 leadership immediately rejected. On Saturday the 18, the membership voted by simple majority to reject the contract, which was immediately followed by a vote whether to strike.
Cessna Aircraft and the union that represents 2,300 of the company’s factory workers–the International Association of Machinists Lodge 774–began contract negotiations on August 20. The workers’ current contract expires September 19. The economic background to these negotiations differs greatly from three years ago, when the general aviation aircraft manufacturing industry was booming.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers began contract negotiations with Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) today. The current contract expires in about a year, according to IAM Local Lodge 733. If a majority of members vote for the proposal, it will replace the current contract, but “there will not be a strike vote taken, and we cannot strike on this proposal,” said a statement from Lodge 733.
Boeing will reveal the location of its planned second final assembly line for the 787 “over the next couple of weeks,” CEO James McNerney said today. Speaking during the company’s third-quarter earnings call, McNerney effectively narrowed the competition to Everett and Charleston, S.C., while downplaying the risk and redundancy of locating two lines that build the same product on opposite sides of the country.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has accused General Electric Aviation of failing to seriously consider viable proposals that would have preserved the GE Aviation facility in Albuquerque, N.M. “Despite a legal obligation to weigh alternatives, it is clear the decision by GE to close this plant was made long ago,” said Ernest “Red” Dow, Local 794 president and directing business representative.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed a complaint in federal court in an attempt to block Pratt & Whitney from moving 830 union jobs out of Connecticut.