Dec. 21, 2019, © Leeham News: The International Association of Machinists District 751, the touch-labor union at Boeing’s Seattle-area plants, launched a campaign for a strike fund this week.
Nevertheless, the union announced its campaign on its Facebook page and a micro-website here.
The union urges members to contribute $50 per paycheck to raise $6,000 by 2024.
In bitter votes, the union gave health care and pension fund concessions to Boeing and a long-term contract, to 2024, in exchange for locating final assembly of the 737 MAX and 777X at the Renton and Everett (WA) plants.
The concessions were part of the wars between the IAM 751 and then-CEO Jim McNerney.
Boeing located line two of the 787 final assembly in Charleston (SC) in 2009, after contentious negotiations. Boeing said the union failed to offer acceptable givebacks. The union said Boeing refused to consider the offer it made.
Even before the current MAX crisis, expectations were that Boeing would seek more givebacks and another long-term contract in exchange for locating the FAL for the New Midmarket Airplane in the Seattle area.
The MAX crisis throws future product strategy into doubt. Boeing already announced losses and costs of the crisis of nearly $10bn. More charges are expected to be announced during the Jan. 29 earnings call for the full year of 2019. Some believe the costs and charges could double by the time the MAX is recertified and returned to service.