April 19, 2007 – District 837 members employed at Boeing in St. Louis, MO will vote April 22, 2007 on whether they’re ready and willing to strike in the event the final contract proposal is not accepted by the membership. The Strike Authorization Vote, as it is called, is required by the IAM Constitution. The current contract is set to expire May 20, 2007.
The vote is an important step in the negotiating process that began March 19, 2007, when Union negotiators began sub-committee meetings with Boeing representatives. Main-table negotiations are set to begin April 30, with a vote to accept or reject the proposal being held May 20.
“Our members have expressed a great displeasure with company proposals handed to the union up to this point,” said District 837 President and Directing Business Representative Rick Smith. “In addition to official notification purposes, this vote will serve notice to the Boeing Company that our members stand united with their elected officials and expect a fair and equitable contract offer.”