ST. LOUIS – A Boeing strike that was set to start Monday, August 1 has been averted until at least later this week.
The strike was put on hold for now after Boeing made an 11th-hour modified contract offer to the union overnight Friday into Saturday. It remains to be seen whether union members will accept that new offer.
Here’s a video from back on July 24 when members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers or IAM District 837 rejected Boeing’s contract offer. IAM District 837 has nearly 2,500 members.
That vote a little more than a week ago happened at the Family Arena in St. Charles. An IAM spokesperson said the offer that was rejected was “not fair and equitable” and that the company was unwilling to adequately compensate the members’ 401k plans. Boeing called its original offer “highly competitive.”
An IAM release has now said that members will vote on the modified offer this coming Wednesday and the current contract has been extended until after Wednesday’s vote and will expire one second past midnight on Thursday.
That means if members don’t approve the modified offer a strike could happen on Thursday. IAM members could strike from facilities here at the location in St. Charles and in Mascoutah.
A Boeing spokesperson released the following statement about the modified contract offer.
“This new offer builds on our previous strong, highly competitive one and directly addresses the issues raised by our employees. We are hopeful they will vote yes on Wednesday.“