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October 2015 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Health Assessment Required to Avoid Added Monthly Premium Surcharge; Screenings Optional With No Impact on Monthly Premiums
With The health assessment questionnaire for District 751 members working at Boeing is now available through Boeing’s TotalAccess. Since 2012, each year Union members and their spouses or partners covered by Boeing medical plans have to complete the health assessment questionnaires to avoid higher monthly out-of-pocket costs for health care in the coming year (up to $40 per month if both employee and spouse/partner fail to complete the assessment). This year’s health assessment can be taken between now and Dec. 1.

Keep in mind there are no wrong answers on the health assessment and to avoid the higher monthly cost, you DO NOT have to provide any numbers on the Health Assessment (I don’t know is a perfectly acceptable answer).

Health screenings (which Boeing classifies as Step 1 and implies must be done) ARE NOT REQUIRED for our members and have NO IMPACT on the deduction from your paycheck for medical benefits. Screenings are strictly voluntary.

The health assessment questionnaires are available online. 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 BEMSID 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.
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 to be mailed to them, or have a TotalAccess representative ask them the questions right there on the phone.
REMEMBER: IAM members and their spouses/partners are not required to get ANY screenings, and you are not required to report any numbers to Boeing on the Health Assessment 

Website provides opportunity to help a member's family

Our thoughts go out to IAM 751 member Eric Lehto, a machine repair mechanic in Auburn, whose 17-month old grandson, Drue Lehto, was brutally murdered on Sept. 27. Eric's son is struggling to cope with both the loss of his child but with paying for Drue's burial. His family has set up a website to help cover the expenses. If you would like to contribute, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/druelehto.

Regarding 737 Work to China

Recently, there have been media reports that Boeing has made a deal with China to open up a completion center to paint, install interiors, flight test and deliver already assembled 737s.  In a previous meeting with Renton’s 737 leadership we saw a brief presentation outlining Boeing’s perceived market conditions regarding sales of single aisle aircraft and the company’s desire to collaborate with China. We have asked the Company for details of what is intended with “collaboration”and have not received ANY information on “collaboration” or confirming or disputing the media reports. While we don’t know specifics of any such proposal, ANY shift of aerospace jobs from our bargaining unit or Washington State causes grave concern.

Your District 751 leadership is committed to explore all avenues – contractually, legally and legislatively – to preserve and protect jobs in keeping with the Fighting Machinists tradition.

 Our members have worked hard to deliver efficiencies and innovations, especially on the 737 line, that increased production rates to levels never seen before to make Boeing airplanes more competitive in the market place. In addition, we have sacrificed real benefits worth billions of dollars. We believe all of this, along with tax incentives from Washington State, should have earned our members and our state the right to secure this work.
 Our Union must reiterate that ANY movement of aerospace work from our members and other aerospace workers in Washington state gives rise for great concern. For decades, District 751 has fought for job security provisions to maintain and grow a skilled aerospace workforce in both our bargaining unit and Washington State.

 We understand the importance of selling airplanes to customers around the world; however, the work we perform here seems to be what is offered as a bargaining chip to fill aerospace manufacturing across the country and the world. Where is the commitment to our communities?

 The impact of any future deals that may take work from our membership in Washington justifies our fight for aerospace tax incentive accountability.
 We will continue to work hard to make sure legislators in the state of Washington understand they must secure a guaranteed number of jobs in any deal that gives billions of dollars in tax incentives. Every citizen in all of our communities should speak up to protest the loss of any aerospace jobs.

September 2015 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Per Union Contract: Overtime at Boeing on Holidays and Holidays Weekends is STRICTLY Voluntary
With the Labor Day holiday fast approaching and many shops on mandatory overtime, the Union felt it was important to educate members on contract language regarding holiday overtime.

Letter of Understanding #11 in the contract on page 146 states:

All overtime on a contractual holiday or on the weekend which immediately precedes a Monday holiday or immediately follows a Friday holiday shall be voluntary.

The only instance where overtime on a holiday weekend can be mandatory per LOU #11 is "where necessary for facilities maintenance."

Members can always volunteer for overtime on holiday weekends and the actual holidays, but this contract language ensures you have the option to spend the holiday weekends with family and friends.

Pension Value Plan Lump-Sum Buyout Offer for Salaried (NOT IAM) Workers
We have been getting questions on Boeing’s announcement pertaining to a lump-sum buyout offer on those eligible for the Pension Value Plan (PVP). Keep in mind the PVP is a pension for salaried workers and is not part of our collective bargaining agreement. Therefore, IAM members are not eligible for the PVP. However, some IAM members could have worked in a salaried role where they may have earned a PVP benefit. We have made inquiries to see if any IAM members who earned an accrued benefit in the PVP while on the salaried payroll will be eligible for this lump sum offer. We are awaiting a response from Boeing and will keep you informed.

If you know individuals on other payrolls with the PVP, you may want to pass along two articles with important information and questions anyone being offered a lump sum buyout should consider. Click on the articles below and share with anyone faced with this decision.
From the Pension Rights Center, Should you take your pension as a lump sum?

From Forbes.com, 8 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Pension Lump Sum Offer

IAM Union Contract Provides 2% General Wage Increase at Boeing effective Sept. 11, 2015
IAM members working at Boeing will receive a 2 percent General Wage Increase (GWI) effective Sept. 11, 2015. Employees at the maximum Grade A rate will receive their 2 percent as a lump sum percentage of each individual’s bargaining unit gross earnings as stated in Letter of Understanding #23. See table below for new maximum rates.

While calculations for the Sept. 11, 2015 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) resulted in 18 cents based on the months of May, June and July 2015, accumulated COLA to date was at a minus 24 cents prior to this quarter; therefore, no COLA will be added to or subtracted from the base pay. With the 18 cents for this quarter, the cumulative COLA is currently at a negative 6 cents.

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Nomination/Election Schedule for 2015 Local Lodge Officers
Nominations and elections for Local Lodge Officers in 751-E, 751-F, 86 and 1123 shall be made as described in the table below (nominations in each first Local Lodge meeting in September, 2015 and elections in each first Local Lodge meeting in October, 2015), per the IAM Constitution.

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August 2015 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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2015 Guide Dogs Golf Tournament a Success - Photos available to view.

Thanks to all who participated and volunteered to make the 2015 Guide Dogs of America Golf Tournament a success on July 19.

You can view and download 2015 golf tournament photos at:
From Machinists 751
Click on albums (middle button to the right of Photostream)
Then click, 2015 Golf Tourney Photos

Click on the photo of your choice, then hit arrow in lower right corner to download

Machinists Respond to McNerney's Threat: "The only Boeing job that should leave this country is his"

July 29: Machinists District 751 President Jon Holden issued the following statement in response to Jim McNerney’s threat today that Boeing was actively considering moving “key pieces” of its operations to other countries because Congress has not reauthorized the Ex-Im Bank’s charter, which expired on June 30"

"While we share his frustration with Congress and its failure to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank, we are tired of Jim McNerney and his constant threats to take away our livelihoods and destroy our communities.

At District 751, we support the work of the Export-Import Bank. It is an important source of financing for some of the airlines that purchase the products that our members build. Any politician who is fighting reauthorization of the bank is working to destroy something that provides a win-win-win for America¹s economy, working people and taxpayers.

But for Jim McNerney to continue to threaten to take our jobs away is unacceptable. Our workers in Puget Sound generate billions of dollars in revenue for Boeing, and our state’s citizens are committed to providing $8.7 billion in tax relief that will also boost Boeing’s bottom line. Our members also have lobbied steadfastly for years in support of the Ex-Im Bank. And for that, all we get in return are more threats.

This is one more example of how Jim McNerney operated during his years as Boeing’s CEO -- threatening the livelihood of his employees and jeopardizing the communities they live in in order to get what he wants. Enough is enough. It is time for him to go. The only Boeing job that should leave this country is his.

This unfortunate episode also shows why we wanted the Washington Legislature to act on proposed Aerospace Tax Incentive Accountability legislation during the past session. So long as our state has no performance standards for aerospace companies that take a share of America’s richest tax breaks, our state’s economy will be subject to being held hostage and used as a bargaining chip whenever aerospace industry executives get in a fight with their opponents in Congress."

July 2015 Aero Mechanic Newspaper online
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Boeing Will Pay High Price For McNerney's Mistake Of Treating Aviation Like It Was Any Other Industry

from Forbes.com
Yesterday’s announcement that Jim McNerney was retiring as Boeing BA -0.04% CEO wasn’t a major surprise – everyone knew he’d leave within a year or so – but it was rather abrupt and the timing was unexpected. He probably jumped, but there are certainly reasons to believe that he may have been nudged along in his move.

Under McNerney, Boeing’s stock price did very well. Cash flow was generally strong, and investors like short-term metrics like these. But he also leaves behind a toxic legacy that future leadership will need to deal with. Read Full Story here...

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