Our union received disappointing news in August when the arbitrator’s decision in the Mechatronics case did not agree with our interpretation. We believe we put on an excellent case and our witnesses did an outstanding job. However, whenever you take a case to arbitration, you are certainly never guaranteed to win no matter how strong your case is.
We invite members to look at read through the Union’s brief, as well as the arbitrator’s decision. Our concerns and grievance with this “new” job go beyond just challenging the labor grade. Because the installation of this job contains work functions that are not new or substantially changed, and the job functions are already performed in other active classifications within other job families, we argued the company did not have the right to install the job in the first place because it intentionally erodes other parts of the contract such as Category B inline promotions, seniority, etc. that have been in place for decades. Read More... Download: UNION'S_POST-HEARING_BRIEF_Final.pdf
Effective September 8, 2017, a 5 cent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be added to the hourly wage rate of IAM members at Boeing. Also on September 8, this 5 cent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and the previous accumulated 19 cents shall be added to and permanently made a part of employees’ base rates.
The 5 cents was generated for the quarter May, June and July 2017. COLA is generated quarterly under the IAM contract and is based on the federal government’s Consumer Price Index.