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Machinist's Join the Ranks in America's Labor Struggle

With Labor battles raging all over the world with new fervor,the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are facing a possible strike and renewed negotiations.
With Labor battles raging all over the world with new fervor,the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are facing a possible strike and renewed negotiations.

Reposted from the IAMAW site

The Machinists Agree to Fed Request for
30-day Contract Extension at Boeing

AUG. 29, SEATTLE, WA: Negotiators for Boeing and the Machinists Union have been requested by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to consent to a 30-day extension of the current agreement and to report to Washington D.C. on September 4 for a resumption of negotiations.

IAM negotiators agreed to a 30-day extension and will report to Washington as directed in the hope that additional talks will lead to a fair and acceptable contract offer.

The strike vote underway today in Seattle, Wichita and Portland will proceed as scheduled, and IAM representatives continue to urge members to vote No on the contract offer and to authorize a strike at Boeing. "A strong NO vote on the contract and a strong YES vote on the strike sanction are necessary to give us a powerful bargaining position," said Dick Schneider, chief IAM negotiator in a bulletin to union members.

Tom Buffenbarger, IAM International President ordered, "all ballots be sealed and impounded until further notice. No ballots will be counted for either ratification or strike vote, and all ballots boxes, or containers are to be sealed and kept at the appropriate Local/District Lodge office under jurisdiction of the Directing Business Representative and Negotiating Committee."

Federal authority to request an extension of bargaining is granted to the FMCS under the Labor Management Relations Act, Title 29, Chapter 7, Subchapter III of the United States Code. "I am also requesting that both parties agree to a thirty-day extension of the current labor agreement and that during this time, neither party engage in a strike, lockout or last offer implementation." wrote FMCS Director Peter J. Hurtgen, in a letter to IAM and Boeing representatives.