UPDATED at 9:19 pm EDT
The following is an update from the Puget Sound Machinists’ meeting with Boeing executives:
Machinists Present Offer to Boeing To Secure 777x
Machinists Union representatives have presented the Boeing Co. with a preliminary proposal for a contract that would secure 777X wing fabrication and final assembly work for Puget Sound.
The union is not disclosing any of the terms of its Wednesday offer.
“We tried to craft a proposal that would meet the needs of our members, while also ensuring the long-term success of the Boeing Co. in Washington state,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751.
Wroblewski said he expects Boeing will respond to the offer on Thursday.
The union offer was made on the second day of meetings between Wroblewski and senior union representatives with top executives with Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes Group, including president and chief executive officer Ray Conner.
The meetings come four weeks after Machinists Union members voted by a 2-to-1 margin to reject a proposed eight-year contract.
Wroblewski described the tone of Wednesday’s talks as “respectful and constructive,” but said the two sides are not close to an agreement.
The union will continue to make the case that Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.
“Our members want Boeing to be successful, and Boeing’s best chance of success for the 777X is to build it here, utilizing their skills, experience and dedication,” Wroblewski said. “A business analyst might call our Machinists the high-skill, low-risk solution to Boeing’s manufacturing needs. I’d just call us the best aerospace workers in the world.”
Amid Boeing’s search for a new location to build its 777X following the Machinists’ 2-1 rejection of Boeing’s offer, local union leaders in Puget Sound are apparently still interested in getting the work.
According to the union’s website, a meeting was held on both Tuesday and Wednesday with top Boeing and union officials from the Puget Sound local in attendance.
It appears no one from the international was involved.
IAM 751 and Boeing Leaders Meet Again to Talk 777X
Senior representatives from District 751 and Boeing Commercial Airplanes will meet again today (Dec. 11).
This second meeting follows Tuesday’s feedback session, which was the first meeting between the union and the company since Nov. 13, when union members voted to reject Boeing’s proposed eight-year contract proposal.
The goal of today’s meeting is to see what the two sides can do to secure Puget Sound as the site for 777X fabrication and final assembly, said District President Tom Wroblewski.
“Our membership wants to build this airplane and we believe Boeing wants to do it here,” he said.
Wroblewski said union members will be updated after today’s meeting.
Union Leadership Holds ‘Feedback Session’ with Boeing
Union President Tom Wroblewski and Business Representatives from District 751 met Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 10) with Ray Conner, the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and several members of his leadership team.
It was the first meeting between Boeing executives and District 751 leadership since Nov. 13, when Machinists voted by a 2-to-1 margin to reject Boeing’s proposal for an eight-year contract extension.
The meeting was not a formal negotiation session, but instead was a chance for both sides to give feedback. No proposals were exchanged.
Wroblewski has consistently said since the Nov. 13 vote that the union is open to further negotiations with Boeing.
“We remain committed to talks around the 777X placement,” he said.