Machinists Union Tells Workers To Reject Boeing Offer And Strike

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing Machinists union leaders are recommending that members reject the company’s contract offer and strike.

The vote is scheduled Wednesday when the old contract expires.

Boeing has offered an 11 percent pay increase over three years. If the offer is approved without a strike, Boeing would pay a $2,500 bonus to workers.

The company wants to avoid any delay in work on its backlog of orders, including the new 787.

The contract covers about 25,000 workers in the Seattle area and 2,000 more in Portland and Wichita.

The average Boeing machinist earns $27 an hour, or about $56,000 a year, before overtime and incentives.