Family of Boeing workers says contract undermines hard work

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by ZAHID ARAB & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 5 at 12:18 PM

SEATTLE, Wash—Boeing’s eight-year contract extension that keeps construction of the 777X in Washington and cuts worker pensions passed Friday with a 51% majority vote.

Employees Tony and Tim Hell come from a family with three generations of Boeing workers. They think the agreement undermines years of hard work.

“It’s like everything I’ve worked for, sacrificed for, was thrown in the trash,” Tony said.
Under the new contract, workers get a $10,000 signing bonus and money toward a 401K.

Boeing Technician, Cammy Hell, said that is not enough.

“Once that’s gone, it’s gone,” she said. “A pension is forever.”

Other employees voted ‘yes’ to keep jobs local. Ronnie Burtis was one of those employees.

“They saw the possibility of Boeing leaving and the major layoffs that would come so they decided they had to vote in favor of their families,” he said.

Some workers, including the Hell family, are frustrated with union leadership. They said the union did not properly educate workers about the contract and should have fought to delay a vote until everyone returned from the holiday.
 

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