Mediation

Boeing has issued a statement today from Doug Kight, vice president of Human Resources, about Wednesday’s contract vote with the IAM.

We offered employees the best package of pay and benefits in the aerospace industry. We are disappointed with the vote on the contract offer.

The Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service has asked both parties to meet at a neutral location this week to explore whether an agreement can be reached. Boeing has agreed to participate in this process in an effort to seek a resolution that is in the best interest of employees, our customers and our company. The IAM has agreed not to conduct a work stoppage for 48 hours during the mediation period, and all employees are expected to be at work Thursday and Friday while these talks take place.

You can go to our negotiations site for more details on the contract offer.

Comments (6)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Though unfortunately the package was not agreed with,
this very well being the best in the aero industry, at least a strike was averted.

Hopefully the negotiations will continue and with good faith, but I hope a positive solution to the stalemate will be found sooner rather than later.

Best of luck to both parties.

Julie Jackson:

How unfortunate that the IAM Leadership and rank and file could not see the goodness in this offer. I am married to a union member and we have been through 3 strikes I would hate to see a 4th. It truly is embarrasing in these times to mention you work at Boeing. The community outside of Boeing would jump at a opportunity to have employment here, and they can't understand the greediness of the union, nor can I. There is truly a different mentality between salaried and hourly employees. Unfortunately we are all in this together and everyone suffers.

Stephen Jessup (Everett, WA):

Ok, when you say "best in the industry", what other companies are you comparing it to? Boeing's really the only commercial airplane builder of its size in the US.
Are you comparing it to Airbus workers' contracts?
Probably not, but really you must. In Europe, you say? Yes. It's globalism and you can't have it both ways.

Compare it to Airbus since there's no one else to compare it with. When Airbus starts building planes in the US, they'll do it in Alabama, a southern state where unions haven't much influence. Kind of the new China for western industrial nations, cheap labour, huge goverment tax incentives that we hate Airbus getting but we love when we get them.

Let's tell the truth here. Giving great incentives in bold print and taking them away in fine print does not a great contract make.

Why couldn't Boeing just have made the BAFO as good as what they will presumably offer now to keep the machinists working? Everyone's asking that question.

Richard (Auburn, WA, USA):

I do not understand why the machinists and their union are so adversarial toward the Boeing company. From what I've seen and heard, the indication is that 80% of them hate the offer the company has given them. The machinists seem to have no patience with further mediation and negotiation, even for a miniscule additional 48 hours.

If the workers are so upset with the company, and they feel they are being treated so unfairly, why do they keep working for a company they so dislike? Why do they not go work somewhere else?

It does not seem to me that the union workers are being treated unfairly, but that the Boeing company is being held hostage by the union. No one likes to be a hostage.

Sam (Mill Creek, Wa):

Richard.....you hit the nail on the head! If the Boeing workers are so unhappy with the Boeing benefit and compensation package, then they should do what the rest of us do in such a situation....find another job!

Steve (Puyallup, WA) (Puyallup, WA):

Why don't they just strike until Christmas is over, then if there is no agreement, go back for the new year!

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