Pontifications: History is repeating itself

Sept. 5, 2023, © Leeham News: Decades after US airline unions were on the decline, some are making big gains in restoring wages, benefits, and strength. Pilots at American, Delta, United, and Alaska airlines (among others) won big… Read More

Huge win for Boeing in union vote

Feb. 15, 2017, (c) Leeham Co.: It wasn’t even close: 74% percent of the Boeing hourly touch-labor workers at the 787 plant in North Charleston (SC) voted against the International Association of Machinists to represent them. It’s a… Read More

IAM loses union vote at Boeing SC

Update: IAM got thumped: 75% to 25% for unionization, 2,097 to 731. Kawabunga! Feb. 15, 2017: The International Association of Machinists lost its effort to unionize Boeing’s Charleston (SC) 787 plant. The result was announced about 8:30pm EST… Read More

IAM 777X vote: the day after

The IAM 751 membership last night handed Boeing and the IAM International a major defeat, rejecting the proposed 777X contract with a 67% vote. What happened? This was the classic cluster-fuck* from the get-go. IAM International, for reasons… Read More

IAM 751 Local rejects Boeing contract, say many members; still awaiting word

We’re at the IAM 751 headquarters with ballot-counting continuing. Media is excluded from the counting room, but many members with access tell us waiting here that the contract is being rejected, probably by a wide margin. We are… Read More

Tonight’s IAM 751 vote on the Boeing 777X contract

The IAM International, which has put the local 751 leadership and media team on ice and which is running today’s election, says the results will be available around 9pm PST. International has announced that no media will be… Read More

Odds and Ends: IAM moves on Boeing SC; A330 sales; 787 delays and the cost to Boeing

IAM and Boeing: We knew it was only a matter of time: the IAM is gearing up for a new representation drive at Boeing’s Charleston (SC) plant. Needless to say, Boeing takes a dim view. A330 Sales: Centre… Read More

Odds and Ends: Germans withhold Loans on A350; CSeries; SPEEA update

A350 Loans: The German government is withholding repayable loans (aka launch aid) for the Airbus A350 in another one of its regular snits over work share. Airbus ought to forget these loans and either self-fund or go to… Read More

IAM approves Boeing contract 74%

IAM 751 tonight approved a new, four-year contract with The Boeing Co, extending labor peace to 2016. The union and the company negotiated the contract nearly a year early, an unprecedented move in Boeing-IAM relations. The vote passed… Read More

Observations on labor, Boeing

As we prepare to head off to the Paris Air Show, there have been a couple of important developments on the labor front with Boeing. First, what we consider to be good news. SPEEA, the engineers union representing… Read More