Frustrations mount for Boeing, machinists over 777X

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by GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Boeing is frustrated with union leaders who said Thursday they wanted to delay the vote. This comes after the company reached an agreement with union leadership on an eight-year contract extension to land production of the 777X in the Puget Sound.

This afternoon, Boeing appealed directly to machinists on the shop floor, touting job security, retirement plan contributions, what it calls market-leading pay, and company contributions to health care costs.

That appeal was backed by a letter from the region's top executive, Ray Conner, urging members to fully understand the offer, especially as Airbus looks to take more of Boeing's business.

The company toned down threats made in a statement last night that a no vote would cause them to look to other states to build the 777X.

That follows a contentious closed meeting with machinists confronting District President Tom Wroblewski. Machinists emerged frustrated by contract terms the leadership initially refused to endorse or condemn. 

"This is the most crucial time in our union," said shop steward John Scofield. "And we're not even negotiating with anybody. We have somebody just tell us how it's going to be. And have the leadership telling us, you guys go figure it out."

In Everett there are marches and rallies in protest. One spilled outside and some people held signs saying "NO."    

This may sound like the lead-up to a strike, but there won't be one because the current contract doesn't end until 2016.

The union says it will put out a statement late Friday night or sometime Saturday.

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