Tentative Boeing labor deal has trade-off

Nov 06, 2013 | 07:13 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Boeing, IAM, labor deal, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, IAM, 777, 777X, Ray Conner Tom Wroblewski

LOS ANGELES — A tentative agreement between Boeing Co. and its largest union would ensure that production of the newest version of the 777 airliner, as well as its planned new wing, remains in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound region—but it includes a big trade-off for the company’s work force.

Workers representing about 35,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union are due to vote Nov. 13 on a package that would extend the union’s labor agreement with the parent company’s Seattle-based Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) unit into 2024, eight years beyond the current expiration of 2016.

"If this contract is ratified, new buildings totaling over one-and-a-half million square feet will be built to house the 777X final assembly and 777X wing production securing wide-body production in Everett (Wash.)," IAM District 751 president Tom Wroblewski and assistant directing business representative Robert C. Petroff said in a statement.....

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