Construction Unions Would Forgo Overtime Pay To Build Boeing Plant

Signage on Boeing headquarters | Photo from Boeing
Photo from Boeing

Gov. Jay Nixon outlined an agreement with construction labor unions in which their members would forgo overtime pay to build a new Boeing facility in St. Louis County to handle production of its new commercial aircraft, the 777x. The labor agreement contrasts with the union fight in Boeing’s home state of Washington that has prompted the company to consider moving the 777x production to another state. So far, more than a dozen states are competing for at least a portion of the 777x business.

U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, released a copy of a letter the duo signed and sent this week to Boeing, which cites the “skill, commitment, innovation and tremendous work ethic” of the existing 15,000-strong workforce that the aircraft manufacturer already has in the state.

Most of those workers are based at Boeing’s military-production operation near Lambert Field. Nixon said during the conference call that the “aggressive work schedule” would “double the amount of work hours each week,” “triple the committed workforce” and “reduce construction, and thus costs, by at least a year.”

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