The international headquarters of the Machinists union near Washington D.C. will force another vote on the revised 777X contract extension offer from Boeing.
Frank Larkin, spokesman for International Association of Machinists, said there will be a vote but “the date and details have not been finalized.”
Jan. 3 is a possibility, Larkin said. But he said they need to move quickly because of Boeing’s decision process.
The Portland IAM District Local 63, which is in the same bargaining unit as Puget Sound area district 751, posted information about a Jan. 3 vote on their website.
The post said a letter from International IAM President Tom Buffenbarger “explaining the terms in greater detail will be mailed in the coming days.”
The Portland website posted a link to the proposal on their website.
On their website, IAM District 751 said "Despite objections from District 751 leadership, the International has insisted on a vote on January 3rd to ensure you spend your holidays studying and debating a concessionary proposal that is largely unchanged from the one you rejected by a 2-to-1 margin on Nov. 13.
Because of the massive takeaways, the Union is adamantly recommending members reject this offer (more information to come). Members need to look at the facts of the economic destruction they would live under for the next 11 years -- without any opportunity to change those economic proposals or any other provision of the contract. And all of this comes as Boeing is experiencing record profits and backlogs, not to mention the $10 billion stock buy back the Boeing Board approved just this last week.
International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger ordered the vote over objections of 751’s elected officials, and Rich Michalski announced the Jan. 3rd vote to the Seattle Times on Saturday, Dec. 21.
THERE IS NO STOPPING THE VOTE; THEREFORE, YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD AT THE VOTING POLLS!
The timing of the vote will make it very difficult to get information out to you and to recruit adequate volunteers to ensure members do not wait in line for hours to vote on Jan. 3. Voting for 31,000 people is a monumental task, and it is imperative as many members as possible get the opportunity to vote."