Boeing, union firefighters can't reach deal, prompting lockout and strike

Boeing was unable to reach an agreement on a new deal with its union firefighters before the deadline, prompting a lockout of its private employees.

Boeing says the International Association of Firefighters Local I-66 (IAFF) did not bring their final offer to its members to vote on.

The plane company has now locked out its private firefighters, saying they fully implemented a contingency plan and will be using other qualified firefighters.

In a Facebook post, the union said all Boeing firefighters were forced to turn in their badges, take all of their things, and leave the property just after midnight on Saturday.

Boeing Firefighters IAFF Local I-66 says strike lines are now open at every work site.

This news comes after months of unsuccessful negotiations between Boeing and the IAFF, with more than 80% of the union voting against previous offers, and Boeing saying they were not close to an agreement.

Boeing firefighters took to the picket lines in Renton and Everett this week as they hoped to reach a new deal. The union cited disparities in pay, safety concerns and lengthy career progression as primary sticking points.


Boeing firefighters hit picket lines as WA strike deadline looms

Boeing firefighters say they are not paid fairly and threaten to strike.

Local I-66 represents more than 120 local firefighters, including those who staff Boeing fire stations in Auburn, Everett, Renton, Seattle and Moses Lake.

Boeing says its contingency plan won't impact operations on production, delivery and flight activity, claiming they will maintain the same level of emergency response as before.

Despite the lockout and strikes, Boeing says it remains committed to reaching an agreement.


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