July 24, 2022, © Leeham News: The labor union representing Boeing workers at three plants in and near St. Louis (MO), the company’s defense operations, voted “overwhelmingly” to reject a new contract. The members of IAM District 837 voted to authorize a strike at 12:01 AM on Aug. 1.
The union leadership did not release the vote totals for the contract and separate strike authorization votes, leaving no way to verify the outcome or the margin.
“Our members have spoken loudly and with one voice. We reject Boeing’s current contract offer and will strike at all three St. Louis area locations, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022,” the union leadership said in a statement. “We cannot accept a contract that is not fair and equitable, as this company continues to make billions of dollars each year off the backs of our hardworking members.
“Boeing previously took away a pension from our members, and now the company is unwilling to adequately compensate our members’ 401(k) plan. We will not allow this company to put our members’ hard-earned retirements in jeopardy.”
“Boeing is disappointed with Sunday’s vote to reject a strong, highly competitive offer,” Boeing said in a statement. “We are activating our contingency plan to support continuity of operations in the event of a strike.”
The union spokesman did not respond to an LNA request to release the vote totals. Although the union claims Boeing “continues to make billions of dollars each year,” in fact Boeing recorded losses each year since the 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019 and from the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.