4 Boeing workers file complaint over union vote

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SEATTLE — Four individual Machinists at Boeing have filed separate complaints with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to overturn the 777X contract extension vote that passed by a slim margin last week.

Anne Pomerantz, NLRB regional attorney, said the agency will investigate the charges, gather evidence and decide if any action is warranted. The process typically takes approximately 12 weeks, she said.

The union members filed the unfair labor practices claims against the national headquarters of the International Association of Machinists, which forced the vote against the wishes of the union's local district officials.

Pomerantz said the chief complaint is that the vote was scheduled for last Friday, Jan. 3. Many union members had added a couple of personal days to the regular Boeing winter break and were still on vacation.

Although the union made provisions for absentee ballots to be submitted online, only 23,900 members voted out of roughly 32,000 eligible voters, according to a local district union official. In the end, the margin that determined the outcome for accepting the contract was only about 600 votes.