St. Louis Union Votes To Accept Boeing Contract

Boeing won a $47 million contract from the U.S. Navy that includes work on the F/A-18. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Boeing is scheduled to stop making its Super Hornet in 2016. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Boeing machinists in the St. Louis area backed a new labor deal Sunday that seeks to give the aerospace company a stronger hand to compete for new business by offering buyouts to veteran workers and lowering top pay for future hires. The union’s president said the 1,269-to-449 vote to accept the contract extension would put Boeing in a better position to bid for projects this spring and reduce the need for layoffs in the short term.

Boeing workers in the St. Louis area build the F/A-18 and F-15 fighters, and the EA-18G electronic attack aircraft, along with other programs. But the F/A-18 Super Hornet program is set to end in 2016 unless there are more orders.

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