Mar. 31, 2005 – A Canada-based investment company has proposed cuts in wages and benefits to the largest union representing workers at recently acquired Boeing manufacturing facilities in Kansas and Oklahoma.
According to a company press release, Onex Corporation bought the Wichita/Tulsa division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in mid-February. The statement also notes that "the new company intends to negotiate collective bargaining agreements with the unions representing those employees to be hired by the company."
The AP report states that Onex "has proposed cuts in all areas of the union's collective bargaining agreement with Boeing," citing a memo to union members from the President of the local International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Around 9,000 workers are employed at the commercial aircraft division plants in Wichita, Tulsa, and McAlester.