Boeing machinists set to vote in union leadership challenge

|About: The Boeing Company (BA)|By:, SA News Editor

Boeing (BA) machinists will cast ballots Thursday in a rare election for control of one of North America's largest industrial unions, a contest that could see a shift to a more militant stance if the challengers are successful.

At stake is leadership of ~570K active and retired members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers, which represents a broad array of workers including ~32K in Seattle who assemble Boeing jetliners.

Some workers say they want to oust incumbent union leaders after a recent contract agreement with Boeing froze their pensions in exchange for job security.