IAM local 751 President Tom Wroblewski symbolically tore up a contract that was negotiated (by him in part) with Boeing to keep the 777-X work in the Seattle area. While he did so, he said “I know this is a piece of crap”.
And then he promised to try to see if he could prevent a vote on the contract.
The IAM local may well be counting on holding sway with Boeing by virtue of everyone remembering their damaging strike from several years ago and, if so, I think their crazy.
Boeing learned from that strike. Good or bad, Boeing has figured out that diversifying may cost a lot but it may not cost as much as the IAM Local 751.
The rhetoric being used by the local union officials is so hateful, so damaging that I honestly believe this contract is not only lost but that Boeing will definitely seek to put the 777-X line in a more friendly state.
Others think it’s bluff, I do not. Not with the current leadership at Boeing. There is a bad rift between Boeing and its local unions that financial managers see as an ongoing impact that must be solved permanently.
In short, I think the IAM Local 751 has just lost their membership quite a few jobs over the next 10 years. Even if the union approves the contract at this point, Boeing knows what the union leadership is going to do and it can’t have endless tolerance for ultimatums from the union.