March 11, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Everett, WA – More than 1,800 union workers at Boeing have agreed to take buyouts as the company began a new round of job cuts at its Puget Sound aircraft factories last month.
The International Association of Machinists union said about 1,500 of its members had been approved for buyouts, and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace said 305 of its members had. They are expected to leave the company in April, and will receive one week of severance pay for each year on the job, up to a maximum of 26 weeks. Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman said the company intended to reduce the number of jobs “through a combination of attrition, leaving open positions unfilled, voluntary layoff program and in some cases, involuntary layoffs.” Last year, it cut almost 7,400 jobs in Washington, laying off 350 engineers and eliminating 2,100 Machinist jobs and 850 engineering positions by attrition or voluntary buyouts. “We don’t know if this round of buyouts fulfilled what they were looking for,” Machinists spokesperson Connie Kelliher told the Seattle Times. Read more