Employees at three St. Louis Boeing defense locations will be on strike beginning August 1st, according to a union representing almost 2,500 workers, who declined their firm’s contract offer, on Sunday.
“Boeing previously took away a pension from our members, and now the company is unwilling to adequately compensate our members’ 401(k) plan,” said the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union.
It added that union employees would not agree to an unfair and inequitable contract.
“We will not allow this company to put our members’ hard-earned retirements in jeopardy,” the union stated.
Employees at the three plants in Illinois and Missouri constructed the F-15, F-18, T-7 trainer, and the MQ-25 unmanned refueler.
On Sunday, Boeing said it “is disappointed with Sunday’s vote to reject a strong, highly competitive offer. We are activating our contingency plan to support continuity of operations in the event of a strike.”
Boeing is giving an extra $3,000 ratification bonus if employees agree to the three-year contract by Sunday, instead of an earlier deal to make extra $1,000 yearly contributions to employees’ 401(k) plans.
Boeing’s 401(k) offer included a company match of employees’ contributions up to 10% of employees’ salaries with an automatic contribution of 2% for 2023 and 2024.
The expiration date for this offer is today, July 25th.