With the news last week that Machinists’ union members employed by Boeing in Puget Sound overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract that would have meant years worth of work on the new Boeing 777X, much of the attention was focused on what it would mean for union members’ future and where the work would go following their rejection.
As the long-term contract they voted down had numerous concessions, it is understandable that it would have been a hard sell to get the members to accept it. Yet, that hard sell by local union leaders did not take place.
In fact, the proposed contract was torn up by IAM District 751 President Tom Wroblewski, who called the contract a “piece of crap.”
Now, as the work is likely heading elsewhere, more news coming out of Puget Sound that helps explain the union membership’s overwhelming rejection of the deal.