Street. Charles, Mo. (AFP) – Nearly 2,500 Boeing workers are expected to go on strike next month at three plants in Saint Petersburg. Lewis District after they voted Sunday to reject a contract offer from the plane maker.
The strike is scheduled to begin on August 1. No. 1 Boeing manufacturing facility in St. Charles County, St. Lewis and Mascotta County, Illinois, after the International Machinists Association and the Aerospace Workers Union voted 837 on the contract, according to to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“We cannot accept an unfair and equitable contract, as this company continues to make billions of dollars every year on the backs of our hard-working members,” the union said.
Boeing said in a statement that the Arlington, Virginia company was disappointed with the vote, but will now use its “contingency plan to support continued operations in the event of a strike.”
A Boeing spokesperson said the company’s contract offer included competitive increases and a generous retirement plan that included Boeing contributions matching their retirement plan up to 10% of their paycheck.
Boeing is expected to provide an update on its financial conditions this week when it releases its next quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. Earlier this year, Boeing reported a loss of $1.2 billion in the first quarter, but just last week, the company announced that Delta Air Lines had ordered 100 of its 737 planes.
This story has been corrected to show that Boeing is based in Arlington, Virginia.