Boeing 777X http://www.kplu.org en Machinists Union Reform Candidates Explain Why They're Running http://www.kplu.org/post/machinists-union-reform-candidates-explain-why-theyre-running <p><em>Editor's Note: The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a union of about 333,000 dues-paying members across the country, has not had a contested election for its top posts since 1961. People have tried to get through the nomination and endorsement process in the past to challenge the union's leadership, but they haven't succeeded, until now. Machinists are voting throughout the month of April, and the results will be known next month.</em></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:03:06 +0000 Ashley Gross 15648 at http://www.kplu.org Machinists Union Reform Candidates Explain Why They're Running Boeing Contract Fight Fuels Effort To Oust Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-contract-fight-fuels-effort-oust-top-leaders-machinists-union <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142945230&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Boeing machinists in the Puget Sound region have a rare chance to head to the polls Thursday and vote on who should run their union’s national headquarters. It’s the first contested election for the top leadership posts in more than 50 years, and lingering anger over the recent Boeing contract extension vote is fueling an effort to oust the union leaders.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 15634 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing Contract Fight Fuels Effort To Oust Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union Boeing To Throw Party To Thank Lawmakers For Tax Incentives http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-throw-party-thank-lawmakers-tax-incentives <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Boeing lobbyists are throwing a "thank you" party for lawmakers who helped provide the company with billions in tax breaks.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>An invitation obtained by The Associated Press shows Boeing executives will host a reception for lawmakers on Tuesday evening. The event will take place at a house across the street from the Capitol campus and is slated to thank lawmakers for their efforts on the 777X airplane talks.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:01:02 +0000 Mike Baker 13234 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing To Throw Party To Thank Lawmakers For Tax Incentives Reform Candidates Try To Dislodge Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union http://www.kplu.org/post/reform-candidates-try-dislodge-top-leaders-machinists-union <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The contentious Boeing contract extension offer that machinists narrowly passed earlier this month left many workers unhappy with their union leaders. This Saturday, they’ll have a chance to nominate new candidates for top positions in the union’s national headquarters.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the <a href="http://iamreform.org/" target="_blank">reform candidates</a> face an uphill battle in their effort to dislodge the top leaders. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers hasn’t had a contested election for its highest jobs in more than half a century.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12796 at http://www.kplu.org Reform Candidates Try To Dislodge Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union Economist: 'We Owe 51 Percent Of The Boeing Machinists A Big Thank You' http://www.kplu.org/post/economist-we-owe-51-percent-boeing-machinists-big-thank-you <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regional economist Dick Conway says even though we have lots of big, vibrant companies in the Puget Sound area these days, our economy still rises and falls with the fortunes of one, a certain aerospace giant.</span></p><p>And that's why he says it's so critical that Boeing's&nbsp;777x jet will be built in Washington state after members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted narrowly to accept a contract extension. They agreed to cuts in hard-fought retirement and health benefits to preserve those jobs.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:31:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 12674 at http://www.kplu.org Economist: 'We Owe 51 Percent Of The Boeing Machinists A Big Thank You' Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-machinists-plight-marks-changing-times-labor The mood at the Seattle union hall was quiet, almost funereal on the night Boeing workers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/04/259647655/cheers-and-jeers-as-boeing-machinists-narrowly-ok-contract">narrowly approved</a> an offer to<strong> </strong>build the company's new airliner, the 777X.<p>Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers who had gathered had wanted to reject the offer. But they were in a tight spot. They risked losing the bid to one of the 21 states hoping to step in.<p>Washington state ultimately managed to keep the jobs. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:54:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 12636 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor Embattled Local Leader Of The Machinists Union Announces Resignation http://www.kplu.org/post/embattled-local-leader-machinists-union-announces-resignation <p>Citing health concerns and two hospital stays brought on by stress connected to the Boeing 777x contract extension proposal, the embattled local leader of the machinists' union says he'll resign at the end of the month.&nbsp;</p><p>Tom Wroblewski, 59, has been president of District Lodge 751 of the machinists' union since 2007. Prior to the post, he served as a grievance coordinator as well as a business representative for the union, with assignments throughout the Puget Sound region.&nbsp;</p><p>The experience of the 777X&nbsp;contract proposal "changed my perspective on work-life balance," Wroblewski said in a statement. "Your job should not destroy your health."</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:47:26 +0000 Ashley Gross 12594 at http://www.kplu.org Embattled Local Leader Of The Machinists Union Announces Resignation Inslee Bemoans Corporate Incentive Competitions http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-bemoans-corporate-incentive-competitions <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wishes states weren't in constant competition to provide financial incentives in order secure jobs from big companies.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:50:32 +0000 Mike Baker 12428 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Bemoans Corporate Incentive Competitions Local Machinists Narrowly Approve Boeing's Best And Final Offer For 777X Work http://www.kplu.org/post/local-machinists-narrowly-approve-boeings-best-and-final-offer-777x-work <p>Local machinists narrowly approved Boeing’s “best and final” offer that guarantees assembly of the next 777 wide-body jet and the fabrication of the plane's carbon-fiber wing for the Puget Sound region.</p><p>Some 30,000 local machinists accepted the deal with a 51-percent vote, said&nbsp;<span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 17.77777862548828px;">International Association of Machinists</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 17.77777862548828px;">&nbsp;and Aerospace Workers spokesman Jim Bearden late Friday.</span></p><p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 06:04:31 +0000 Ashley Gross 12263 at http://www.kplu.org Local Machinists Narrowly Approve Boeing's Best And Final Offer For 777X Work On Eve Of Union Vote, Machinists Protest Boeing's Latest Offer http://www.kplu.org/post/eve-union-vote-machinists-protest-boeings-latest-offer <p>Several hundred Boeing machinists and supporters gathered in a Seattle union hall Thursday to urge members to reject Boeing’s contract offer.</p><p>The rally came on the eve of a crucial vote on what Boeing has called its best and final offer. Acceptance of the labor deal by some 30,000 local machinists would guarantee 777 assembly work for the Puget Sound area.</p><p>But local union leaders are urging members to reject the offer, saying the workers are asked to make concessions even though the company is having a profitable run.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 02:46:17 +0000 Ashley Gross & Mike Baker 12234 at http://www.kplu.org On Eve Of Union Vote, Machinists Protest Boeing's Latest Offer Some Workers Set To Reach $100K Pay In Boeing Deal http://www.kplu.org/post/some-workers-set-reach-100k-pay-boeing-deal <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Boeing's contract proposal to machinists in the Puget Sound region would likely increase some workers' annual base salaries to more than $100,000 in the coming years.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The offer going to a vote this week would slow the growth of machinists' wages starting in 2016, but workers would still get regular cost-of-living adjustments and an additional 1 percent raise every other year.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:59:29 +0000 Mike Baker 12220 at http://www.kplu.org Some Workers Set To Reach $100K Pay In Boeing Deal Boeing Says Union Vote Will Decide Fate Of Jobs In Puget Sound Area http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-says-union-vote-will-decide-fate-jobs-puget-sound-area <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Boeing has told local political leaders that this week's vote by Machinists will determine the fate of some jobs on the new 777X airplane.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a press conference Monday morning, local politicians gathered in Everett to discuss the importance of approving the contract. They said Boeing executive Ray Conner told them in a meeting that the union vote will decide whether the new 777X composite wing is built in the region.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:38:58 +0000 The Associated Press 12153 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing Says Union Vote Will Decide Fate Of Jobs In Puget Sound Area Wash. Political Leaders To Tout Importance Of 777X http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-political-leaders-tout-importance-777x <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Local political leaders in Washington state are gathering to discuss the importance of the 777X airplane.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and others plan a press conference Monday to discuss Boeing ahead of a Friday vote by the Machinists union. Local Machinists leaders oppose the new contract offer, but Stephanson and others have urged them to approve the deal.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:18:28 +0000 The Associated Press 12147 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Political Leaders To Tout Importance Of 777X Union Chief Says Boeing's Latest Offer A $1 Billion Gain http://www.kplu.org/post/union-chief-says-boeings-latest-offer-1-billion-gain <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The international president of the machinists union says Boeing's revised contract offer is an improvement of more than $1 billion.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a letter to union members, Tom Buffenbarger said the offer that workers will consider next week is a significant improvement over <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-machinists-reject-offer-inslee-says-777x-not-lost-yet">a contract the union rejected</a> last month.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:11:15 +0000 Mike Baker 12122 at http://www.kplu.org Union Chief Says Boeing's Latest Offer A $1 Billion Gain Nader Says Boeing Pressure On Machinists Union 'Unseemly' http://www.kplu.org/post/nader-says-boeing-pressure-machinists-union-unseemly <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Consumer activist and failed presidential candidate Ralph Nader has some words for Boeing.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In an open letter to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney on Thursday, Nader said the company's effort to squeeze worker pensions and pay is "unseemly." He cited McNerney's salary as one reason and the tax advantages the company is receiving as another.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:19:21 +0000 The Associated Press 12090 at http://www.kplu.org Nader Says Boeing Pressure On Machinists Union 'Unseemly'