Boeing [NYSE:BA] employees represented by the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, United Aerospace Workers or UAW, Local 1069 began a strike against The Boeing Company, located in Ridley Township, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, at 12:01 a.m. today.
Workers voted Sept. 8 to reject the company's offer. The Union then notified the company that they would strike if an agreement was not reached by a midnight Friday deadline.
"We are very disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement," said Pat Shanahan, vice president/general manager, U.S. Army Programs, at the site. "We presented a fair and competitive contract that recognized the realities of our business environment. We believe it meets the needs of the Union, their families and Boeing. The compensation, health and welfare and retirement benefits are the best in the region and among the highest in the aerospace industry."
The site is responsible for the design and manufacture of military rotorcraft, including the CH-47 Chinook, RAH-66 Comanche and the V-22 Osprey. Present employment is about 4,900, 1,400 of which are members of the UAW.
No further negotiations have been scheduled at this time.
Traditional Medical Plan -- Employees will begin to pay 10 percent of cost of medical services, with a $15 office deductible and a slight increase in prescription co-pay. Yearly deductibles will increase from $125 for an individual to $175, and from $375 for a family to $525. Employee's monthly contributions to cost of care also would rise slightly.
Coordinated Care Plan -- Employees will begin to pay $8 for individual, $15 for two people and $25 for a family per month. Office visits remain at $5. Generic prescriptions remain at $5, name brands would increase to $10 and special prescriptions would be $25. Mail order prescriptions would increase from $5 to $10 for generic, $20 for name brand and $50 for special types.