Members to Vote on Boeing's Proposal - Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
Brothers and Sisters:
Today, we are at a crossroads. Together, we must choose what is best as a union, as individuals and as a family. Please read the summary of the Company's proposal, along with the proposed contract language so you can decide how to vote on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Click here to view Union summary of Company proposal.
Click here to view proposed contract language changes and other documents.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Message from the President
Brothers and Sisters,
The state legislature has done its job, and now itís our turn. We have the contract proposal before us, and the vote is set for Wednesday , November 13. This is an opportunity we will never see again to secure thousands of good-paying jobs in the State of Washington. You need to educate yourself, evaluate whatís before you, and decide what is right for you, your family and your community. This is a very personal decision, laced with emotions and repercussions. But at the end of the day, this is about 30 years of jobs in Puget Sound for us, our children and our grandchildren.
I have never wavered in my position, that this is an individual choice for each and every member of IAM District 751 and District W24. And itís a tough one that will change the future of our community for generations to come. No matter what the outcome, I hope we stand united in the work we do, the product we produce and the pride that comes from being a Machinist. Thereís a reason we call ourselves the Fighting Machinists. Weíve been through tough times before, and we will live to see another day. Itís our duty to make sure Washington State stays a leader in the aerospace industry. Hands down, we are the most highly-trained workforce this country has to offer. Take a long look at the proposal, make an informed choice and cast your vote on Wednesday.
Washington, D.C., November 5, 2013 – Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 751, District W-24 will vote on a proposal from the Boeing Company that, if approved, would guarantee the Boeing 777X wings and fuselage will be built by IAM members in the Puget Sound.
In exchange for the 777X guarantee, Boeing proposes a new eight-year labor agreement that will expire in September 2024, providing an unprecedented degree of labor stability in the volatile and competitive industry.
“Securing the Boeing 777X for the Puget Sound means much more than job security for thousands of IAM members,” said District 751 Directing Business Representative Tom Wroblewski. “It means decades of economic activity for the region and will anchor the next generation of wide-body aircraft production right here in its historic birthplace and will complement the 737MAX narrow body.”
According to estimates, the 777X could mean as many as 10,000 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs in the immediate vicinity, with the project also serving as a long-term hub for advanced technology in electronics, avionics and composite technology required by the 777X.
The proposal by Boeing includes additional modifications to the current labor agreement, including cessation of pension accruals for current employees and the establishment of an alternative company-funded retirement plan. Additionally, within 30 days of ratification, all members would be paid a $10,000 signing bonus.
Full details of all changes in the proposal will be provided directly by District 751 and W-24 to IAM members as soon as printing can be completed. A schedule of ratification voting is also being prepared and will be communicated directly to IAM members.
“Only a project as significant as the 777X and the jobs it will bring to this region warrants consideration of the terms contained in Boeing’s proposal,” said Wroblewski. “While not all will agree with the proposal’s merits, we believe this is a debate and a decision that ultimately belongs to the members themselves.”
The IAM represents more than 35,000 Boeing workers and is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America. For more information about IAM District 751, visit www.iam751.org .
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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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.
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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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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.