After months of dispute, Boeing has reached a settlement on a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with its main union, the International Association of Machinist & Aerospace Workers. The union and Boeing struck a deal that will benefit both workers and the corporation.
In the settlement, Boeing will maintain all of its employees at its Renton, WA facility, where they will continue to build the Boeing 737. Employees also will receive a $5,000 bonus. In exchange, union leaders will drop their opposition to Boeing’s use of the non-union plant in South Carolina to build its 787 Dreamliner fleet. Although the settlement is far from perfect, the machinists’ union and Boeing seem to be pleased with the compromise.
“There is no better news for our region’s economy than a contract agreement between Boeing and the Machinists, and confirmation that Renton will remain home to the 737 line,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) said. Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) called the decision an “exciting proposition for all employees including the machinists’ union.”
The battle between the union and Boeing began in April when the National Labor Relations Board accused the aerospace company of attempting to illegally shift union work to a non-union facility.
Members of the union are scheduled to vote on the deal on December 7. With this agreement, Boeing employees can breathe a sigh of relief leading into the holiday season, knowing that their jobs are secure.
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