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Letter’s To CEO’s :Dear Mr Conner

From: Ramsey, S Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 3:39 PM

To: Ray Conner Cc: machinists@iam751.org

Subject: RE: Update on 777X site selection

Dear Mr Conner:

Your letter confirms the IAM’s position that a requirement was made of them to endorse the now rejected offer as a pre-condition.

Regardless of the merits or shortcomings of that offer, the president of IAM 751 could not, in good conscience comply with that demand.

Neither was it fair or just for you to place such a condition on one man. When Boeing did that, it ceased to be a contract negotiation. It ceased to be a mere business deal. It became an effort to exercise unfair and undue influence by the application of pressure on one man, Tom Wroblewski, who, along with his team, are my elected representatives.

That provision was coercive. It was unfair. It was intimidation. In spite of the reported atmosphere of cordiality.

I would point you to this bullet point from the company code of conduct:

“•I will observe fair dealing in all of my transactions and interactions”

In my view, this has not taken place. Neither has any sort of good faith bargaining taken place since the first offer was voted down.

I would urge you to reconsider your position, and return to negotiations with a true spirit of good faith bargaining.

Steve Ramsey


Everyone needs to send Mr. Conner a reply to his ridiculous letter…. Here is mine.

Everyone needs to send Mr. Conner a reply to his ridiculous letter…. Here is mine.

From: Falkowski, Robert J
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:05 AM
To: Ray Conner
Subject: RE: Update on 777X site selection

Mr. Conner,

As a Union member and an AMT on the 787 flightline in Everett, (which is a total manufacturing debacle.) I find your letter quite insulting.

Firstly, the reason I say that is for the simple fact you have shown you have no respect for the people that have worked days, weekends and many months doing what we do to rescue the 787 program. We have bent over backwards to help this company dig itself out of the hole that the 787 has created. I personally have spent my holidays here and more weekend than I care to imagine doing my best to help turn the program around.

As a company your greatest asset is the people that produce the products you sell and without them you have no product or company. I shouldn’t need to tell you that, but it seems as if you don’t see it that way. The entire process you have created with the 777X is far from any “Working Together” or any type of proactive company/ employee relation program the company preaches to make the company more successful.

Secondly, if in fact what you say is true, why didn’t you and your leadership team collaborate with the assets that currently build the products that make this company successful and ask us!? Ask us what we can do to create a competitive environment to beat the competition and again become the world class commercial plane manufacture in the world. You Mr. Conner chose the contrary. You secretly met and negotiated with individuals who have no idea what it takes to build an airplane let alone how to make the company more successful. I find that disrespectful.

Instead, we have now been put into a position of coercion and a take it or leave it scenario. You have basically destroyed any positive relationship that existed or would have ever existed. The years it will take to mend that relationship can only be estimated in decades.

Lastly, I would think a person who began as an IAM member would have more compassion toward the entity that helped you become successful. I find this whole contract situation unbelievable and outrageous.


Robert J. Falkowski

Explantion of Upcoming Elections Process

Sisters and Brothers, I have summarized the nomination and election process as best I could below, please advise of any questions or concerns you may have with my version although I believe it is quite accurate.

Lastly, the DOL had initially sought that Notice be provided to all members by mail no later than November 22, 2013.  Par the course, our IP through legal arguments and subterfuge sought to and successfully delayed the sending of notice to December 11, 2013, at this point I have no way to confirm, nor deny, that it has been sent, we should all know in a day or two.

On August 15, 2013, International President R. Thomas Buffenbarger, in an unprecedented and historically shameful submission of authority, entered into a “Voluntary Compliance Agreement” with the U. S. Department of Labor.  This action is quite comparable to taking a plea deal in a court of law.  Doing so allows the perpetrator, Buffenbarger, to avoid the prospect of a Federal Judge vacating the sham Nomination and Election procedure of 2013, and with it a judicial ruling to overturn the illegitimate election results that followed, in exchange for an agreement to undue the wrongs by holding a “new” nomination and election process.  Furthermore, under the terms of the “Voluntary Compliance Agreement, the IP waives the authority vested in him, per the IAM Constitution, and in its place allows the Department of Labor to set and approve the terms of both the Nomination procedure and ultimately the general election, which, in this case should follow in April.

The Nomination Election process as mandated by the DOL will be as follows:

On January 25th, every IAM Local Lodge will hold “special” nomination meetings.  These meetings will be open 6:00a, to 8:00am and again at 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The purpose of these “special” meetings is to accept nominations only, no other business will come before the lodge.  No quorum is required, no second to a nomination needed.  Any member in good standing may submit nominations for any candidate(s) of their choice.  Those nominating will need only the nominee(s) name, position they are seeking, card/book #, and their local lodge #.

In local lodges where more than the required number of candidates are nominated, “special” endorsement meetings will be held on February 8, 2014.  Once again, these “endorsement” meetings will be open from 6:00am to 8:00am and again from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and only for the purpose of conducting a secret ballot vote of all eligible members to determine who the “endorsed” nominee(s) of the lodge will be.  The candidates with the highest plurality of votes will be the endorsed nominee of the local.

All candidates for Executive Council positions must receive the nomination/endorsement of a minimum of 25 local lodges in order to appear on the ballot for the general election to be held in April of 2014.My reference to April is per the IAM Constitution, please keep in mind the DOL has the authority to change that date and the method of voting (unlikely though possible) per the waiver of authority contained in the “Voluntary Compliance Agreement” entered into by IP Buffenbarger.

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In Unity,


AM) as possible! Time is limited !