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November Aero Mechanic Newspaper available online.

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Strike Settlement Guarantees Members Reimbursed for Medical Expenses

As part of the strike settlement agreement, the Union insisted that Boeing make all members whole on their benefits (medical, dental, life, etc). The coverage shall be considered continuous as though there wasn't a strike. If you paid COBRA premiums, you will get a reimbursement check.

If, during the strike, a member or dependents had medical expenses billed from their doctor, clinic or hospital, simply resubmit the bill to Regence for payment (if they have Selections or Traditional Medical Plan). Read more

Strike Checks

Any remaining strike checks will be available for pickup at the Seattle Union Hall (Monday through Friday only) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (unless previous arrangements are made). Again, there is no strike check distribution on Saturdays. Check pickup will continue weekdays only at the Seattle Union Hall through Monday, December 1st. All checks in Seattle not picked up by December 1st will be sent back to Grand Lodge on December 2nd.

Taxes: Also you will be receiving a 1099 tax form in January from the Grand Lodge. Any strike pay of $600 or more must be claimed on your taxes.

Lump Sum Payment

In a letter of clarification from Boeing in regard to the first lump sum payment: The first lump sum payment will be made through normal payroll practices (i.e. direct deposit if that is how you are normally paid) on or before November 7, 2008 even if employees return to work on November 10th. The exception will be for employees who between September 3, 2008 and the date of contract ratification (Nov. 1, 2008) commenced work, were rehired, recalled or cleared to return to work from leave of absence. The lump sum payment to these employees will be made on or before November 19 through normal payroll practices.

Machinists Approve New Boeing Contract by 74%;
57-Day Strike Ends

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced today that its members voted to ratify a new 4-year contract with the Boeing Company by 74 percent.

The new agreement covers 27,000 IAM members at Boeing facilities in Washington, Oregon, Kansas and California, and ends a strike that began on September 6, 2008.

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