Boeing machinists to vote on contract

Jan. 30, 2006 at 9:40 AM
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The machinists' union will let members who work at Boeing Co. plants in Florida, Alabama and California vote on an offer from the aerospace firm.

Leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said members would vote Wednesday on an offer containing "substantive, not substantial," changes, an IAM spokesman said over the weekend.

"We are nearing three months on strike," said Bob Wood of the IAM. "We have a duty to send this to the membership for a vote. It's democracy at its finest. The strikers at Boeing have the final say on whether to keep striking or not.

"There was some movement on the part of the company in insurance premiums and deductibles, as well as caps on premium costs. Boeing also offered the establishment of a committee to find ways to reduce retiree healthcare costs for future hires."

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