Boeing Talks With St. Louis Union About Cutting Costs

Signage on Boeing headquarters | Photo from Boeing
Signage on Boeing headquarters | Photo from Boeing

Representatives of Boeing and its St. Louis Machinists union began meeting this week  to discuss a new labor agreement and consider ways to lower costs to produce military planes and avoid layoffs.

About 2,500 union workers at Boeing work on the F/A-18 Super Hornets, F-15s and parts of the C-17 in St. Louis County. But the C-17 is scheduled to end production in 2015 and the Super Hornets will stop production a year later unless Congress is persuaded by Boeing to buy more.

A union leader said in letters to members that Boeing had made it clear that — due to the downturn in work — “layoffs will be inevitable by the end of the year” and that the union hoped to create an “enhanced retirement option incentive,” allowing workers to take voluntary buyouts.

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