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Wed February 20, 2013
Boeing Engineering Strike Seems Less Likely
A strike by Boeing's engineering union appears less likely.
It represents two groups – salaried engineers and hourly technical workers. The engineers accepted Boeing’s contract offer. The techs rejected it and authorized a strike. They say they’re not walking out anytime soon – they hope to hammer out a better deal with the company. Union president Tom McCarty says engineers like himself couldn’t join a strike because a majority voted to accept the offer.
McCarty: "We would have to cross that line and report for work, and that would be very distasteful to us.”
McCarty says many technical workers were unhappy with Boeing’s retirement proposal. The company wants to offer new employees a 401-k type retirement plan instead of a pension. Boeing says getting a handle on pension costs will allow the company to invest in designing new airplanes.
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