Update April 2, 2020
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We have received many questions regarding whether or not our members at Boeing will return to work as scheduled, on April 7th (3rd shift) and April 8th (1st and 2nd shift), when Suspended Operations are scheduled to end.
We have been in contact with Boeing daily, and things change rapidly when dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. At this time we have not received any information from Boeing that extends Suspended Operations at Boeing Facilities in Washington State past the scheduled return on April 7th (3rd shift) and April 8th (1st and 2nd shift). We understand how stressful the uncertainty is right now. If there are any changes communicated to us, we will post them on our website, and send out an email blast to all home emails we have on record.
Boeing’s Voluntary Layoff
Boeing announced today (April 2nd) it will be offering voluntary layoffs (VLO) in the near future. The Company is currently evaluating critical skills and will announce which job codes might be eligible for the VLO over the next several weeks.
As we learn more details regarding the upcoming VLO, we will provide information as quickly as we can.
The company offered VLO’s in 2016 and 2017, and we currently have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), regarding Voluntary Layoffs, that was signed in 2016 and is active through Dec. 31, 2020.
The MOU provides that those approved for VLO:
• Will receive a lump-sum payment of one week of pay for every year of service (up to a maximum of 26 weeks of pay),
• Are eligible to receive a continuation of medical insurance for up to six months after date of layoff, and
• Will forfeit recall rights and lose seniority (the same as those accepting the lump sum payment option on regular layoff benefits or those who retire from Boeing). Therefore, anyone requesting the voluntary layoff should be certain they will not return to Boeing in the future.
• If more individuals apply for voluntary layoff than the allocated reductions, requests will be approved based on employees with the highest seniority.
• Those approved will be coded as being laid off, for the purposes of reporting to the state Employment Security Department. However, there are specific rules that may limit unemployment insurance benefits for those laid off, who then receive retirement benefits.
Again, at this time, we have not been notified which job codes might be eligible or the timing of a VLO. Those who consider the VLO will need to look at the potential impacts based on their age and individual circumstances and also how it could impact any potential unemployment benefits. We will provide more information on these topics as the situation develops.
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