LABOR NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN BETWEEN THE IAM AND BOEING CO.
LABOR NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN BETWEEN THE IAM AND BOEING CO. WICHITA, Kan., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Negotiations begin Aug. 5 in Wichita towards a new labor agreement covering some 55,000 Machinist Union members at the Boeing airplane company. The current three-year agreement between Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) expires Oct. 3. "Highlights from the union's current proposal are: Job security contract language, hourly wage rate increases, improvements in the retirement plans and health care plans with Seattle-based Boeing Co., the world's largest producer of commercial jet aircraft," explained Lee Pearson, IAM coordinator for the Boeing negotiations. "Boeing profits totalled $3.5 billion during the past three years, and $1.56 billion last year alone. With backlogged orders totalling $98 billion, there's plenty of work here for everyone. There's no good reason for subcontracting and layoffs at Boeing," Pearson pointed out. The current IAM contract with Boeing was signed in 1989, after a 48-day strike halted Boeing operations at their main facilities in Wichita; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Everett, Wash.; Auburn, Wash.; Kent, Wash.; Renton, Wash.; and at dozens of smaller sites throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. IAM members perform virtually every function involved in designing, building and testing Boeing aircraft. They include: aircraft assemblers; machinists and machine operators; engineers; electricians; mechanics; tool, die and gage makers; plumbers; sheet metal workers; electronic technicians; shipping clerks; truck drivers; painters; carpenters; and clerical personnel. The IAM has represented Boeing workers since 1935 and represents more than 130,000 workers in the U.S. and Canadian aerospace industry, including rocket, satellite, missile, airframe and jet engine manufacturing. BACKGROUND INFORMATION The International Association of Machinists has represented Boeing workers since 1935. The current three-year contract with Boeing expires at midnight, Oct. 3, 1992. The contract covers some 55,000 workers, including those at the following principal locations: 36,000 workers in Seattle, Everett, Renton, Kent, and Auburn, Wash. (IAM District 751); 1,600 workers in Portland, Ore. (IAM District 24); and 11,400 workers in Wichita, Kan. (IAM District 70). The IAM's top elected officers (directing business representatives) at each location are: District 751, Tom Baker; District 24, Dave Plant; District 70, Dale More. The average hourly wage for IAM members at Boeing is $17.18. Skills and trades of the union members at Boeing include: aircraft assemblers; machinists and machine operators; engineers; electricians; mechanics; tool, die and gage makers; plumbers; sheet metal workers; electronic technicians; shipping clerks; truck drivers; painters; carpenters; and clerical personnel. Other major aerospace negotiations involving the IAM in 1992-93 include McDonnell Douglas Corp. and Lockheed Corp. The IAM represents more than 130,000 workers in the U.S. and Canadian aerospace industry, including rocket, satellite, missile, airframe and jet engine manufacturing. With 735,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone, the IAM is the eighth-largest labor organization in the AFL-CIO/CLC. Founded in 1888, the IAM is one of America's oldest unions. -0- 8/3/92 /CONTACT: Jim Anderson, IAM District 70, Wichita, Kan., 316-522-1591; Lou Kiefer, IAM Western Territories Office, Oakland, Calif., 510-451-1300; Matt Bates, IAM International Headquarters, Upper Marlboro, Md., 310-967-4522; or Connie Young, IAM District 751, Seattle, Wash., 206-764-0343/ CO: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; Boeing ST: Maryland IN: ARO SU:
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