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Monday, 24 February 2014 04:53

Boeing Machinist approve contract extension

   Boeing officials expect their new contract with machinists to help the aerospace company better compete for new business.  Members of Machinists District 837 approved a 7 1/2 year contract extension on Sunday.
   The new contract was approved by Boeing machinists Sunday.  It will buy out many veteran workers and cut pay for new hires brought in to replace them. Raises and benefits would also be locked in through mid 2022.
   Boeing officials have said the cut in expenses will allow assembly lines in St. Louis to remain more competitive beyond 2016, when the current F-18 Super Hornet order is due to be completed.  
   But some union members claim hundreds of older workers are being left out of the buyout, while having their pensions cut.  Paul Miller tells Fox 2 News that he's getting nothing from the new contract. "They got us broken up into three groups now," he said.  "And they're taking care of the new hires.  And they're taking care of the retirees.  But us group, the people that are here in middle, they're not taking care of us."
    Still, members of Machinists District 837 approved the contract extension with a nearly 3-1 margin. 
 
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   Boeing employees in St. Louis should know later this year if they're going to keep building F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets for the U.S. Navy after 2016.  

   The Navy had planned to switch over to the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters built by Lockheed-Martin.  But the F-35 project has been plagued with delays, cost overruns and other problems.  So the omnibus spending bill signed into law last week (Jan. 17) contains a down payment of $75 million for 22 of Boeing's F-18s, even though the Navy didn't ask for them.  

   The law requires Navy officials to take another look at adding to the existing F-18 fleet as a hedge against more problems with the F-35.  

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