Skip to comments.Rank and file to decide on ‘last’ Boeing offer, union leader says
Posted on 12/13/2013 9:42:34 AM PST by jazusamo
After talks broke down between Boeing and the Machinists union over placing the 777X work in Washington state, the unions lead negotiator said the membership will get a chance to decide on what the company had said was its last offer.
Washingtons bid to place work on the 777X jet in the state may not be dead yet, despite the abrupt collapse Thursday afternoon of negotiations between Boeing management and the Machinists union.
In a phone interview late Thursday, the Machinists unions lead negotiator said rank-and-file membership will get a chance to decide on the Boeing offer that the union leadership rejected earlier in the day.
Rich Michalski, who represented the national leadership of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) in the negotiations, described the terms offered by Boeing management in a positive light and insisted that the members must decide the final outcome.
Our members are very sophisticated and smart on this matter. Once we get the information on the offer to them, they will let us know, Michalski said. We really need to hear from our members.
Michalskis comments strongly suggest the union will allow a vote on the latest offer, which could be one last chance for Washington state to win the 777X work.
After news broke that the talks had failed, many rank-and-file Machinists wrote angry emails to reporters saying they should be allowed to vote.
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Sounds like the price will much higher if the membership doesn't approve the offer.
There are 17 states that are sending Christmas cards to the union leaders expressing thanks and gratitude.
Thanks, good article. You may well be right about the Christmas cards.
I encourage the union to turn this offer down. The Southeast needs the jobs. One Conservative, in the Southeast, can do the job better than two liberals, in washington state, anyhow. Come on over, Boeing!
Christmas present to the union thugs of the IAM: Boeing Company is relocating all 777X work to right to work states. Layoff notices will be distributed January 2, 2014. And, yes, the union thugs at Boeing are stupid enough to vote down the latest contract.
Leaders in the International Association of Machinists publicly differed Friday on whether to bring Boeing's latest contract offer to a vote, exposing tensions within the union over how to handle the high-stakes negotiations.
National union spokesman Frank Larkin said Friday that officials were exploring the idea after hundreds of members demanded an opportunity to vote on the contract to secure work on the 777X airplane. Larkin said members have always had the final say and that they have every right to vote on the terms of the offer.
[And, yes, the union thugs at Boeing are stupid enough to vote down the latest contract.]
Because they believe the White House and the NLRB has their backs.
...make that 22 states...
If the WH & NRLB try to bully Boeing, the company could move production offshore.
Airbus did it to France, moving assembly to Alabama.