Beaten at the ballot box, the new managers in charge of the former Boeing plants in Oklahoma were waiting yesterday to see what union members...
TULSA, Okla. — Beaten at the ballot box, the new managers in charge of the former Boeing plants in Oklahoma were waiting yesterday to see what union members want to do before making the next move.
Fred Solis, spokesman for Mid-Western Aircraft Systems, said leaders at the Wichita, Kan., headquarters weren’t sure of the next step. Members of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America locals in Tulsa and McAlester rejected a 5 ½-year contract Thursday with 58.5 percent of the vote.
Normally, a failed contract vote also results in balloting on whether to authorize a strike. It was not clear whether that vote occurred on Thursday. Local 952 in Tulsa and Local 1558 in McAlester each posted notes on their Web sites advising members to report to work as usual.
In the absence of an agreement, and with most operations slowing down on the holiday weekend, the company planned to watch for developments next week, Solis said.
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