WICHITA, Kan. -- There's "zero incentive" for Boeing-Wichita Machinists Union members to vote on Boeing's latest contract offer says IAM District 70 President Frank Molina, Jr.
Yet Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. the approximately 200 remaining Wichita IAM members at the Wichita facility will have the opportunity to vote the same contract Seattle machinists will vote. The Wichita vote will be at the Machinists District building at I-235 and Meridian.
Boeing has tied the vote outcome to where it will place 777X work saying the company will move the work out of Washington state if the union rejects the contract.
The IAM rejected Boeing's initial contract offer November 13th. At the time union members and their leaders said the contract had too many take-aways including changes to the long time defined pension plan.
Molina says, "The contract doesn't recognize or have life supports in the vote for Wichita. We're definitely left out of the contract even though members will vote on it. There's zero incentive for Wichita employees. Everything's a take away. They don't get the bonuses, even if it passes."
Boeing increased the signing bonus from $10,000 to $15,000 if members approve it.
Molina says he had hoped for new Boeing work perhaps being included in the contract which would extend the life of the Wichita facility. But that isn't happening so now he expects the Wichita site to close as early as March.