Boeing Union Slams Offer, Urges Workers to Strike

Union recommends workers vote against contract; some see $120M a day losses
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 9:21 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Boeing union leaders are urging members to turn down the company’s latest offer and go on strike, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Union chiefs have also filed a charge of unfair labor practice against management for "direct dealing with our members." Machinists plan to vote on Boeing's offer Wednesday and will need a two-thirds majority ballot to walk off the job.

Boeing's offer would boost pension benefit rates, gives workers a bonus of up to $5,000 each, and increase wages by 11% over 3 years. "We're extremely disappointed that the union is recommending that our employees reject the best contract in the aerospace industry,'' a Boeing rep told Bloomberg. A union leader said the offer "fell short on job security" and issues such as health care and vacation time.