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Boeing Reaches Agreement with Machinists

Gov. Nikki Haley congratulates Boeing and people nationwide for their support

Boeing announced on Wednesday it had reached a tentative agreement with IAM for a four-year contract extension.

The deal, which now must be ratified by machinists in Washington, Oregon and Kansas, provides significant economic gains for workers, the company said in a release.

Boeing said that the new deal includes the investment to be made for production of the 737 MAX to be built in an existing Boeing facility in Washington state. The deal also would preserve pensions for new workers, includes 2 percent yearly wage increases and raises some health care premiums, according to the company's release.

If the deal is ratified by the IAM Union, it would end a seven-month-long debate.

The National Labor Relations Board filed a lawsuit in April alleging the company had violated labor laws by opening a facility in North Charleston.

Gov. Nikki Haley was outraged by the allegations, saying that the NLRB's lawsuit would cost thousands of jobs in the state.

On Wednesday, Haley congratulated the two parties on the agreement.

"We want to congratulate Boeing for their win today," Haley said in a release. "This needed stability for one of the best companies we have is a huge lift for Boeing employees in our state as we look to celebrate their production of the first South Carolina Dreamliner in the near future."

Haley thanked people across the country and the South Carolina workers for the support they had given to Boeing.

“Finally, today's actions confirm two things we've said all along: the NLRB is nothing more than a rogue agency run by the President's union backers; and that when the feds attack a company in South Carolina they can expect us to fight back, and expect us to win,” Haley said in a statement.

Sara Caldwell December 15, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Its MY opinion that employees have a 'form' of representation, This 'action' is a valuable tool, when particular situations arise. IT is a respectiful win/win for the employee and employer. This established relationship can create an environment, which encourages recognition, and, can also, provide a direction toward any potential disagreements/misunderstandings between employee/employer. This 'form' of relationships, allows/permits/establishes a form of understanding, respect, trust, etc. between the company and 'represented' employees. Governor Haley needs to keep her nose out the Unions.
stanley seigler December 16, 2011 at 04:47 AM
@Sara Caldwell: "...employees have a 'form' of representation...Governor Haley needs to keep her nose out the Unions." COMMENT someone pls explain what i miss...seems boeing SC workers would be better off if they belonged to a union...eg, the wages of boeing employees in WA vs SC... opine: and those who choose not to belong to the union benefit from union wages...unions have made the middle class...
SDR December 16, 2011 at 01:46 PM
You seem fully vested in unions. Unions have contributed greatly to worker safety. Unions have also driven jobs out of the US. Presently, unions are just another layer of bureaucracy the limit US worker productivity, although I might add that it is a very active wing of the Democrat Party. Unions will squawk plenty when those WA jobs move...to SE Asia.....and that's what you miss. Silly me, I thought it was the hard work of Americans that made the middle class, now I come to find it was some poorly clothed thugs.
stanley seigler December 16, 2011 at 04:05 PM
@SDR: "You seem fully vested in unions..." COMMENTs full disclosure: not now and never a union member or employee...had a very good relationship with building trades unions...paid over scale (workers shared in project profits) and competed favorable with non union contractors paying less than scale... "the hard work of Americans made" the 1%...wages have stagnated almost in direction proportion to the decline of the unions...as 1% wealth increased exponentially... greedy bastards (corporations/business) "have driven jobs out of the US"...make profits on 12 hr day, cheap child labor, in third world countries... the unions lost their way but are returning to their roots: social justice for all. [CLIP] As historian Kim Phillips-Fein puts it, "The strength of unions in postwar America had a profound impact on all people who worked for a living, even those who did not belong to a union themselves." ... It was unions that made the American economy work for the middle class [end clip] http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-labor-union-decline

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