Union Says Boeing’s Troubles Won’t Stop Strike Readiness

Boeing’s troubles have made headlines news this year. But the workers’ union says that won’t stop their willingness to strike.

Reuters reports:

“Boeing’s financial and production challenges following a January mid-air panel blowout will not change its workers’ readiness to strike to make gains in bargaining, a union local president said on Thursday.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which represents more than 30,000 Washington state workers building Boeing jets, wants better retirement benefits and wage increases exceeding 40% over three to four years after what it termed years of stagnant earnings.

‘We are going to maximize this opportunity no matter what,’ Jon Holden, president of the IAM’s District 751 representing the Seattle-area workers, said in an interview with Reuters.
‘Our members want an agreement, they want a good agreement but they are willing to strike if they have to.’
IAM workers are scheduled to vote for a strike authorization mandate on July 17, but they cannot strike before the contract expires on Sept. 12.”
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