Boeing California Workers Approve New Contract

May 3, 2004 ( - Despite objections from union leadership, workers at Boeing's Long Beach, California plant have approved a new contract.

The new contract, which covers 2,850 production workers at the facility provides a 3% wage increase in the first and third years, as well as a lump sum payment of $2,000 in the second year. In addition, workers will be expected to pitch in an extra 10% for their medical insurance premiums beginning next year, according to an Associated Press report.

Union leadership objected to the proposed contract because of increases to health-care costs. “I hope our members understand that this is going to raise their out-of-pocket expenses for health care, for both future retirees, current retirees and active members,” said Bill Schultz, president of Local 148 of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.

The contract was approved by a vote of 710-630.