Around 2,500 Boeing workers on strike after rejecting deal

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — About 2,500 Boeing workers are expected to go on strike next month at three St. Louis-area plants after voting Sunday to reject a contract offer from the plane maker.

The strike is set to begin Aug. 1 at Boeing factories in St. Charles County, St. Louis County and Mascoutah, Illinois, after the International Association of Machinists and aerospace workers rejected the contract, according at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We cannot accept a contract that is not fair and equitable as this company continues to earn billions of dollars every year on the backs of our hardworking members,” the union said.

Boing said in a statement that the Chicago-based company was disappointed with the vote, but would now use its “contingency plan to support business continuity in the event of a strike.”

A Boeing spokesperson said the company’s contract offer included competitive raises and a generous retirement plan that included Boeing matching employees’ contributions to their retirement plan up to 10% of their salary.

Boeing is expected to provide an update on its finances this week when it releases its next quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Boeing reported a first-quarter loss of $1.2 billion, but just last week the company announced that Delta Air Lines had ordered 100 of its 737 planes.

The Associated Press