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Fire fighters ratify contract to end Boeing lockout

The following is from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF):

RENTON, Wash. (May 31, 2024) — IAFF Boeing Fire Fighters Local I-66 members voted to ratify the latest tentative contract offer. The final vote tally announced on Thursday was 86 in favor and 24 opposed. With the contract approved, the fire fighters that protect Boeing Co.’s Washington state facilities expect to return to work Saturday.

The new contract will bring Boeing firefighters’ pay closer to parity with nearby fire department pay scales. It will also revise seniority progression, allowing Boeing firefighters to reach the top pay scale sooner than previous proposals offered.

“Boeing Local I-66 fire fighters stood tall in the face of a multi-billion-dollar company trying to break their ranks. The entirety of the Labor Movement stood with them, as did President Joe Biden, who called on Boeing to give fire fighters better pay and benefits,” said IAFF General President Edward Kelly. “We’re grateful our rank-and-file members got the contract they deserve, one that provides them with fair pay for their critical work. This is why collective bargaining matters – it gives workers a voice at the table and strengthens our country’s middle class.”

Local I-66 represents some 160 fire fighters, who staff Boeing fire stations in Auburn, Everett, Renton, Seattle and Moses Lake. They are a critical part of Boeing’s production system; specially trained Boeing Fire Fighters are on hand every time a Boeing-built aircraft is fueled or takes off on a test or delivery flight. The fire fighters are first responders to accidents or medical emergencies at Boeing facilities, responding to some 200 emergency calls on and off Boeing property each month. They do critical fire-prevention work that has saved Boeing billions of dollars in fire insurance premiums.

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is the driving force behind every advance in fire and emergency services in the 21st century. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, Ontario, the IAFF represents nearly 350,000 professional firefighters, emergency medical workers, and rescue workers. Our members protect more than 85 percent of the United States and Canada’s population.


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