Boeing, Governor, Hail Machinists' Vote 1/4/14
January 4, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) - Officials at Boeing and the governor of Washington state are hailing yesterday's vote by production workers at the aviation giant.
The workers voted narrowly to give up some benefits, in order to make sure that the assembly of the new 777-X plane would take place in the Puget Sound region -- by Boeing employees represented by the machinists' union.
The offer fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from local politicians who said the deal is necessary to support the region's economic future.
Local union leaders said it was a big giveback and tried not to have a vote -- but they were overruled by the national union. They urged their 30,000 members to oppose the deal, arguing that the proposal surrenders too much at a time when the company is profitable.
After machinists rejected an initial proposal in November, Boeing received submissions for 54 locations in 22 states that wanted the 777X work.
Gov. Jay Inslee says yesterday's vote secured the state's future "as the aerospace capital of the world,"
A Boeing executive says the vote means "the future of Boeing in the Puget Sound region has never looked brighter."