Boeing workers at 3 plants in the St. Louis area ratify contract and stave off strike
The machinists rejected the last contract offer on July 25, citing pension provisions. That proposal included a 10 percent 401(k) adjustment from the company, but workers said that paled in comparison to the pension plans it previously offered. The new deal includes an $8,000 lump sum payment that can be pushed into an employee’s 401(k) plan and a 14 percent overall pay increase.
“Ultimately, that is what the forthcoming strike was about. Congratulations to the members of IAM’s District 837 who worked hard to reach a fairer and more equitable agreement,” Steve Galloway, IAM’s Midwest Area general vice president.
A Boeing spokesman said the company was “pleased with the outcome of the vote and we look forward to our future here in the St. Louis area.”
The St. Louis-area factories are part of Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security unit in Arlington, Virginia, whose work is considered “vital” to national security. Military aircraft include the F-15 Eagle and F-18 Hornet fighter jets, the T-7 Red Hawk training jet and the MQ-25 refueling drone.
According to an analysis by Jefferies Investment Bank, these programs together generated approximately $3.5 billion in revenue for Boeing in 2022, accounting for a sizable portion of Boeing’s $25.7 billion annual defense business.