Boeing Machinists line up for important contract vote

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EVERETT — The International Association of Machinists (IAM) lined up Wednesday to take a historic vote on a new eight-year contract extension with Boeing.

According to many of the union’s 31,000 members, the new contract would cut pensions and increase healthcare costs, even though it comes with a signing bonus.

boeingMachinists began showing up at their Union Halls early Wednesday Morning. Voting began at 5 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. in the evening.  The vote would directly effect whether Boeing will build its new 777X in the Puget Sound or possibly go elsewhere.

Boeing officials have previously said that it would move the production of the airplane out of state if members vote no.

On Monday, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that gives billions in tax breaks for Boeing;  a move to sweeten the deal for the company to produce the new 777X here.

The production of this new, efficient aircraft would secure at leaf 56,000 jobs and more than two decades of work, analysts have projected.

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8 comments

  • Rich C

    If the machinists vote this contract down, then Boeing should move it's factory. It would serve the machinists right, for being greedy. They have a much better contract than most private workers.

  • Skip

    After the 2009 stock market crash and the Bush recession, I can understand why the machinists aren't interested in converting their pension to a 401k plan. The market is a gamble on a good day and hard to predict how your 401k would do over the long haul. Millions of people lost their savings during the last crash.

  • Kit

    I have read the Boeing CEO is trying to do away with Social Security for all Americans, so what does that tell you about this Boeing management team?

  • stonetrails

    Please vote NO, NO, NO! I would like to see some of the traffic congestion clear up around here. AND as a BONUS, Inslee will not have that reason to charge the taxpayers 8.5 BILLION dollars to subsidize Boeing. STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS AND VOTE NO TODAY!