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Machinists voting on Boeing contract

Marketplace Staff Sep 2, 2008
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Machinists voting on Boeing contract

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Renita Jablonski: The International Association of Machinists is expected to vote today on a new contract with Boeing. Without approval, the union could strike. Danielle Karson reports.


Danielle Karson: Boeing says the 300-page agreement is its final offer. Spokesman Tom Healy calls it the best contract in the industry.

Tom Healy: It rewards employees for the success that the company’s had. We’ve had three strong years selling airplanes. They’ve earned it; they deserve it; and that’s what this offer does.

The contract would bump up wages 11 percent and pensions more than 14 percent over three years. Marick Masters, an analyst at the University of Pittsburgh, says the contract is generous, but …

Marick Masters: These workers want a share of the record profits. They look at it as them having made a good deal of effort to make Boeing in the situation that it’s in today, and they’re asking for their fair share.

Analysts say a strike would hurt Boeing’s delivery schedule of government contracts. A strike could also cost the company $100 million a day in revenue.

In Washington, I’m Danielle Karson for Marketplace.

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