Back to work

Over the weekend Boeing machinists ratified a new four-year contract. They started coming back to work last night, and will continue to return to factories and other facilities over the next week.

As Scott Carson said after the vote, “we’re looking forward to having our team back together” and getting back to delivering airplanes to our customers.

You can read more about the contract terms here.

Comments (6)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

After many weeks it is good to see people back at work and planes rolling out, hopefully another strike won't happen at the end of this four year contract.

Gordon Werner (Seattle, WA):

I cannot wait to start seeing 737 fuselages on the trains pass by my apartment downtown again.

Kinbin (Taipei, Taiwan):

Getting the production line humming again at pre-strike levels is gonna take ramp-up time, which will range anywhere between 1 week to 3 weeks.

By that time, we are talking about Thanksgiving, which will be followed shortly by Christmas and New Year.

With a looming if not already rising credibility meltdown between Boeing and its customers, the rationale of starting another new production line for the 737-replacement, or the 777-replacement 4-8 years down the road in Washington state diminishes if the union is intent on pulling off another one of these stoppages 4 years down the road, when the contract is up for negotiation again.

Barun Majumdar (Seattle, WA, USA):

On Monday during lunch break, I met with a machinist Dale who expressed his strong commitment for the work he does to make fixtures and components for airplanes. He is upbeat about the contract. I saw Dale and other machinists executing their work so uniquely sometimes using basic geometry, trigonometry and coordinate geometry. The true spirit of American innovation lies with them. I really envision a better future for us.

Stephen Jessup (Everett, WA):

I'm glad the IAM strike is over, but the contract they ended up settling for is only a normal contract and is about what they should have gotten as the company's final offer to begin with.
This is not a contract they should have had to strike for almost 60 days to get.

john (edmonds washington):

With all the talk of the trouble doing business in the State of Washington, its too bad the hourly employees are often blamed for most of the delays for deliveries?

There are many things that contribute to delays and isn't it true that delay fines are diminished if you can use a labor dispute as the reason for the delay?

Food for thought.

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