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Published on Nov 11, 2013
This contract offer from the company is one of the most destructive and divisive proposals that we, as union members, have ever faced. If accepted we would give up wages, benefits, and pensions that were established through hard fought contract negotiations and strikes by generations of Fighting Machinists that came before us.
Local union leadership rejected this, but were ORDERED to bring it to the members. So now it is in our hands & WE MUST VOTE NO!
The threats from the company are real. They could make the decision to locate the 777X outside of Washington state.
Even though most agree that if placed elsewhere the company would not be able to replicate the quality, reliability, or production levels that our highly skilled and efficient workforce accomplish everyday in Puget Sound. However, the company could still make a horrible business decision to locate the 777X elsewhere.
We are faced then with a choice to destroy everything that we have built over generation after generation in order to save the company from making a decision that puts the future of the company, all it's employees (Union and non-union alike) and the stockholders at risk. If the company chooses this path of destruction, then they are responsible for it. That is on them and we, as union members, do not have control over it.
The price is simply too high. Our ability to negotiate anything positive and reasonable would be lost forever. Our membership would be fractured and unable to unite on any issue going forward. So not only would we lose the foundation of our Union we would lose the ability to make any reasonable gains in the future. If we don't stand up to defend these benefits now, then what would we ever stand up to defend ever again. What benefits will be taken next? What would we ever have the power to keep in the future?
Because of this... We must vote no to the threats and intimidation that is before us. We must choose to defend the very survival of our Union.
The company's offer is not reasonable under any circumstances, especially while Boeing makes record profits and has its stock at an all-time high.
The proposed duration would keep us from the bargaining table for over 10 long years. Anything we may hope to address or improve during this timeframe would simply be impossible.
Urge your fellow members to stand up and fight to preserve the building blocks of our Union. Defend our ability to negotiate reasonable gains down the road. Vote No to give us a fighting chance in 2016 when this agreement should be negotiated.
Look at the information on this site (we'll continue to post new information), get the facts, and tell all your co-workers to VOTE NO.
The one thing Boeing can't even propose to take away is our solidarity. Don't let them split our Union -- VOTE NO!