Boeing to give California workers $47M in back pay

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Boeing Co. will pay $47 million to hundreds of current and former Southern California employees who are owed back pay and benefits.

An arbitrator ruled against Boeing in January and laid down guidelines for the payments, but it took months to cull through records and decide how much each worker was owed.

Bill Dugovich, a spokesman for the Seattle-based union that represents the workers, says employees or their heirs will receive an average of nearly $100,000 each.

A union grievance filed 13 years ago claimed Boeing violated contracts with employees in Palmdale and at Edwards Air Force Base.

Dugovich said Friday that union officials are holding meetings around the country this month to explain the awards to recipients.

Chicago-based Boeing didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.