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Wroblewski: ‘We were willing to give Boeing labor peace’
SEATTLE – Talks between the Boeing Co. and Machinists Union District 751 have ended after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a proposed contract extension that would have guaranteed the 777X would be built in Washington state.
“Our members want to build the 777X, and we believe Boeing’s best chance for success for this vital airplane program is for our members to build it here,” said District 751 President Tom Wroblewski.
“However, the price Boeing demanded was too high,” he continued. “Our senior leadership team could not recommend Boeing’s counter-offer.”
“On Wednesday, the union had offered Boeing a preliminary contract proposal that would have guaranteed the company a total of 16 years of labor peace by extending the current contract, which has been in place since 2008, until 2024.
“Boeing’s leadership has said time and again during this process that this was a top priority, and we were wiling to give them that,” Wroblewski said. “We were willing to give them labor peace.”
However, Boeing’s counter-offer on Thursday was mostly unchanged from the proposal that Machinists had rejected by a 2-to-1 margin on Nov. 13, demanding steep concession in retirement and health benefits while limiting future pay increases.
Boeing’s offer Thursday was contingent on union leadership recommending acceptance, Wroblewski said.
“This we could not do,” he said. “Our members had already rejected this.”
Wroblewski said the union will continue to make the case that Washington is the best place for Boeing to build the 777X, which is the latest derivative of Boeing’s best-selling widebody jet.
“Machinists Union pay and benefits make up less than 5 percent of the total cost of building an airplane,” he said. “And for these pennies on the dollar, Boeing gets in return the most-skilled, most-productive aerospace workers in the world
“Any objective analysis will show that Boeing’s best business case is to build the 777X in Washington, utilizing the skills, experience and dedication of our Machinists Union members,” he concluded.
Wroblewski said he does not regret attempting to negotiate a new deal. “Going back to the table was the responsible thing to do,” he said. “We just couldn’t get to an agreement. Again, the price was too high.”
Machinists Present Offer to Boeing To Secure 777x
Machinists Union representatives have presented the Boeing Co. with a preliminary proposal for a contract that would secure 777X wing fabrication and final assembly work for Puget Sound.
The union is not disclosing any of the terms of its Wednesday offer.
“We tried to craft a proposal that would meet the needs of our members, while also ensuring the long-term success of the Boeing Co. in Washington state,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751.
Wroblewski said he expects Boeing will respond to the offer on Thursday.
The union offer was made on the second day of meetings between Wroblewski and senior union representatives with top executives with Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes Group, including president and chief executive officer Ray Conner.
The meetings come four weeks after Machinists Union members voted by a 2-to-1 margin to reject a proposed eight-year contract.
Wroblewski described the tone of Wednesday’s talks as “respectful and constructive,” but said the two sides are not close to an agreement.
The union will continue to make the case that Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.
“Our members want Boeing to be successful, and Boeing’s best chance of success for the 777X is to build it here, utilizing their skills, experience and dedication,” Wroblewski said. “A business analyst might call our Machinists the high-skill, low-risk solution to Boeing’s manufacturing needs. I’d just call us the best aerospace workers in the world.”
IAM 751 and Boeing Leaders Meet Again to Talk 777X
Senior representatives from District 751 and Boeing Commercial Airplanes will meet again today (Dec. 11).
This second meeting follows Tuesday’s feedback session, which was the first meeting between the union and the company since Nov. 13, when union members voted to reject Boeing’s proposed eight-year contract proposal.
The goal of today’s meeting is to see what the two sides can do to secure Puget Sound as the site for 777X fabrication and final assembly, said District President Tom Wroblewski.
“Our membership wants to build this airplane and we believe Boeing wants to do it here,” he said.
Wroblewski said union members will be updated after today’s meeting.
Union Leadership Holds 'Feedback Session' with Boeing
Union President Tom Wroblewski and Business Representatives from District 751 met Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 10) with Ray Conner, the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and several members of his leadership team.
It was the first meeting between Boeing executives and District 751 leadership since Nov. 13, when Machinists voted by a 2-to-1 margin to reject Boeing’s proposal for an eight-year contract extension.
The meeting was not a formal negotiation session, but instead was a chance for both sides to give feedback. No proposals were exchanged.
Wroblewski has consistently said since the Nov. 13 vote that the union is open to further negotiations with Boeing.
“We remain committed to talks around the 777X placement,” he said.
COLA Formula Generates 2 Cents at Boeing Effective Dec. 6, 2013
Effective Dec. 6, 2013, a 2 cent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be added to the hourly wage rate for IAM members at Boeing. The 2 cents was generated for the quarter August, September and October 2013. COLA is generated quarterly under the IAM contract and is based on the federal government's Consumer Price Index. The next quarterly COLA payment under the IAM/Boeing contract will be March 14, 2014.
Volunteer Opportunities This Weekend
Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Friday, Dec. 6 at Westlake Center from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The ever popular bell ringing for Salvation Army at Westlake Center will take place Friday, December 6. Meet at the Starbucks at 4th and Pine in Westlake Center at 5:45 p.m. We will ring the bells until 8 p.m. Family and friends are welcome as well. No sign up is necessary for this event.
King 5 Home Team Harvest Food Drive - Saturday, Dec. 7
Volunteers are needed to help collect monetary and food donations to benefit Northwest Harvest at three area malls. If you would like to help, please look over the information below for details about the event and how to sign up. The locations this year are:
Tacoma Mall, 4502 S Steele Street
Northgate Mall, 401 NE Northgate Way
Everett Mall, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way
There will be four shifts instead of the three we had last year: The shifts are: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to sign up for just one shift and each shift will be limited to 10 volunteers. We have been told that there are no drop-in opportunities. Kids are welcome but anyone 18 and under must have a parent or guardian volunteer with them. Northwest Harvest can sign-off on hours for work or school purposes.
To volunteer, send an email to Kay Michlik at email@example.com state your name, BEMS ID, mall name and shift preference.
A Message from The President - Wednesday November 27, 2013
I’d like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving. As we prepare to gather with our loved ones for this holiday, we have a lot of things to be thankful for, not the least of which are our union-negotiated pay and benefits, which allow us to provide a little bit more for our families this time of year.
Our union halls will close for the holiday at 3 p.m. today, and won’t reopen until Monday morning.
I’ve heard from many of you in recent days asking for more information after our vote on Boeing’s 777X contract offer, two weeks ago today.
Contrary to the rumors you may have heard, there has been no new offer from the Boeing Co., and I have not been involved in any talks that would lead to a new offer.
My staff and I do continue to meet with our company counterparts on routine issues. We’ve also had meetings with various elected officials, and I personally have met with Governor Inslee in Olympia.
The politicians want to preserve jobs in Washington, and they want us to keep talking with Boeing. I’ve told them that’s what you want too, but any further conversations with Boeing must be based on the idea that we’re building on the contract we have today, not tearing down decades of progress
Whenever we meet with Boeing or our elected officials, we’re making sure that they understand that Washington state is the only logical place for Boeing to build the 777X, and that our highly skilled Machinists are Boeing’s best option for ensuring that the plane is delivered to customers on time.
To that end, I’d ask that you keep on proving to Boeing and the world that you are the world’s best aerospace workers. We have a contract with Boeing that remains in effect until September 2016, and we as Machinists will live up to our end of that agreement.
The past few weeks have been difficult for all of us. But as your leader, I am ready to put that behind us and face our future. At a fundamental level, unions are groups of people who work together for our mutual benefit. Whatever Boeing decides to do with the 777X, our future will be brighter if we come together and work as one.
October 2013 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Take Health Assessment Before Dec. 3 & Avoid Additional Paycheck Contributions at Boeing in 2014
The Health Assessment Questionnaire for District 751 members working at Boeing is now available through Boeing’s TotalAccess (Oct. 1 - Dec. 3). Union members and their spouses or partners covered by Boeing medical plans have until Dec. 3 to complete the questionnaire or face higher monthly paycheck contributions for health care in 2014.
The questionnaires are available online at TotalAccess. Members can fill them out at work by logging on to the TotalAccess site and clicking the “My Well Being” tab. To answer the questionnaire at home, members can log on to TotalAccess by going to www.boeing.com/express, then entering their BEMS ID number and TotalAccess password, then clicking “My Well Being.”
Spouses or domestic partners enrolled in a Boeing-sponsored medical plan must go online at www.webmdhealth.com/boeing and use the BEMSID of the employee who has the insurance to complete a one-time registration and create a username and password.
Union members who’d rather not answer the questionnaire online have the option of calling TotalAccess at (866) 473-2016 to request a paper form be mailed to them or have a TotalAccess representative ask them the questions by phone.
Keep in mind that on the Health Assessment Questionnaire, you can always select "Don't Know" if you prefer not to answer a question. Also health screenings are strictly voluntary. Your decision and/or your covered spouse or domestic partner's decision to participate in the Health Assessment Questionnaire only will affect your 2014 contributions for medical coverage.
Information on Impact of Affordable Care Act
Starting on January 1, 2014, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require almost everyone in the United States to have health insurance. Many of our members already have insurance coverage that meets or exceeds the coverage required by the ACA. Many members will receive information from their employers, this is to help decipher what the information means.
For Boeing Employees:
You recently received a notice from Boeing, outlining Marketplace availability.
If you are a Boeing employee enrolled in a Boeing health care plan, your current plan meets the coverage required by law, and you do not need to look to a Marketplace for coverage. The letter from Boeing discussing Marketplace availability is simply provided to comply with federal law. You do not need to take any action as a result of receiving this letter. If you do nothing, your existing coverage will continue.
If you are not covered by a Boeing health care plan, you might be eligible for government-subsidized coverage in a Marketplace if you meet certain income requirements described in the law. Boeing cannot answer questions about eligibility for coverage in a state Marketplace.
For more info on Marketplace coverage in Washington state, visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org. You can apply as early as Oct. 1, 2013.
For more information about Marketplace coverage outside Washington state, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325).
District 751 Members who work at other employers: Your employer most likely provided you with a notice, outlining Marketplace availability.
It would be expected that your employer would indicate in the notice whether your plan meets the coverage required by law. If it does not, you have the right to have your questions about coverage answered. For more information about Marketplace coverage in Washington visit, www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Outside Washington visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325).
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BOEING BENEFIT: If you are a current active Boeing Employee and are registered for the walk – The Boeing Company will donate $100 to the American Cancer Society for your participation (click here for instructions to receive $100 Boeing contribution!)
NOTE: Team 751 will be meeting in front of the fountain (across the street from JCPenneys) at 8:30am for the team picture and the walk will start at 9:00am.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR $100 BOEING CONTRIBUTION:
After the Event: Submit for the $100 Boeing Contribution!
Because of your participation in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (American Cancer Society) is eligible for a $100 contribution from The Boeing Company. Please follow these step-by-step instructions to ensure your contribution is received.
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Ramp Project Lakewood WA
COLA, General Wage Increase Coming at Boeing
District 751 members who work at Boeing will see both a cost-of-living adjustment and a General Wage Increase (GWI) this month. The 5-cent COLA will be added to wages on Sept. 13, to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index over the most recent quarter. In addition, Machinists at Boeing will get 2 percent general wage increases after the COLA has been added in on Sept. 13. (NOTE: 2 percent GWI will be paid as a lump sum for Grade A employees at the maximum rate per LOU 23.)
August 2013 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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July 2013 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Union Wins Trade Adjustment Assistance for IAM Members Laid-off from Boeing
Workers laid-off from the Boeing Co. have been granted additional federal assistance under the Trade Adjustment Act or TAA -- as a result of action taken by the International Association of Machinists. The U.S. Department of Labor announced June 12 the Machinists Union was successful in obtaining a new certification for TAA for IAM-represented laid-off Boeing Commercial Airplane Group workers in Puget Sound. The certification was in response to a petition District 751 filed in April and is effective for individuals who get laid-off between April 26, 2012, and June 12, 2015.
Washington’s Employment Security Department will be
TAA ORIENTATION SESSIONS
IAM/Boeing Joint Programs
6840 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila
751 Everett Union Hall
8729 Airport Rd, Everett
July 16 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
July 17 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Aug. 13 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Aug. 14, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
mailing letters, along with predetermination applications, to members who are eligible for TAA benefits.To receive benefits, eligible laid-off workers need to attend an orientation session (see schedule in box), bring their predetermination paperwork and complete the paperwork while at the orientation (to begin the process to access TAA benefits). Sessions will be held in Tukwila, at the IAM/Boeing Joint Programs office at 6840 Fort Dent Way, and in Everett at the District 751 Union Hall, 8729 Airport Road.
Instructions for Filing Category A (Recall Rights) at Boeing
Members at Boeing facing layoff have requested information on filing their Category A recall rights. Boeing will provide you a list of jobs you have rights to on your TotalAccess profile. From TotalAccess you can file your Cat A rights (online method is preferred). Click here for step by step instructions to file Category A online.
Click here for paper form to mail in and file Category A rights.
Tania Completes 300 Mile Wheelchair Ride for Guide Dogs of America
COLA Formula Generates 17 Cents Effective June 7, 2013
Effective June 7, 2013, a 17 cent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be added to the hourly wage rate for IAM members at Boeing. The 17 cents was generated for the quarter February, March, and April 2013. COLA is generated quarterly under the IAM contract and is based on the federal government’s Consumer Price Index.
May 2013 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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What's Wrong with Americas Distribution of Wealth? - Knowledge is Power!
Tacoma presents “City of Destiny” Award to IAM District 751
Each year, the city of Tacoma recognizes people and groups for their service to the community with its annual “City of Destiny” awards. This year, IAM District 751 was honored for service that included the work done by our MVPs at The Rescue Mission in Tacoma, our support for Northwest Harvest and last year’s peanut butter drive to support Pierce County’s Emergency Food Network.
Across Puget Sound last year, District 751 volunteers logged more than 10,500 hours of community service work. Thanks to each and every one of you for all you’ve done to help make our communities better.
Wheelchair Ramp Project
Robley Evans Chair of the Machinists Volunteer Program (MVP) and other machinists union volunteers made life a little easier for an area recipient on Saturday.
April 2013 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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District 751 New Web Site Design
All the information is still here just reorganized for a better user experience. Enjoy.
Layoff Reference Guide
Information for members facing a layoff.
Boeing informed us on March 22 of a reduction in employment levels for 2013, which is due mainly to less disruption on the 787 line and the winding down of the change incorp and refurb work packages for 747 associated with developmental efforts.
Boeing is trying to mitigate the impact and find other jobs, but ultimately it will results in some layoffs. They estimate about 800 layoffs will occur, but again that is just an estimate.
This is not the start of a Boeing down cycle. Unlike past layoffs, there are no production rate decreases on any airplane line. Production rates remain high and there is a seven-year backlog.
If you have any questions, please contact your union steward.