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Category: Machinists Union
January 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Long lines in Everett as Machinists cast their vote

Machinists have been standing in line for hours to vote in Everett today, unlike November when the lines moved quickly. With only two volunteers stationed at computers inside the union hall to ensure machinists are eligible to vote, the line has weaved out the door and through the parking lot all afternoon. Those who received their eligibility…

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January 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Some Machinists changing their vote, some standing firm

If Nancy Stapleton is any indication, Boeing has made some inroads with Machinists in its latest contract offer. Stapleton, 60, of Kent, voted “yes” Friday at the Machinists union hall in Renton, after voting “no” to Boeing’s initial offer in November. She said she was encouraged that the company backed away from a proposed change in…

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January 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Nation’s media look at Machinist vote

National media outlets are looking at Friday’s vote by District 751 Machinists through a variety of lenses. Here’s some of the coverage: The Wall Street Journal notes that while Boeing delivered more than 90 of its highly profitable twin-aisle 777s last year, “Production of those current models is expected to be phased out gradually once Boeing…

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December 17, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Coming Wednesday at noon: Machinists share opinions on latest developments

Two local Machinists with opposing views on Boeing’s latest 777X contract proposal will explain their reasons and take your questions. This online chat comes as members of the union debate whether there should be a vote on Boeing’ second contract offer, and as the company says it is actively winnowing down its list of alternative…

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November 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Mo. governor calls special session for Boeing 777X incentives

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today called a special session of the Show Me State’s General Assembly to craft incentives to attract production of Boeing’s next-generation 777X aircraft. “Legislative action is necessary in order for Missouri to put forward a competitive proposal,” the governor said in a statement. The governor’s office said the session will convene at…

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November 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Machinists reject Boeing contract by large margin

By a resounding 2-1 ratio, Machinists have turned down Boeing’s contract offer, ignoring its threat to take production of the 777X elsewhere. Boeing immediately issued a statement saying “We are very disappointed in the outcome of the union vote.” It added that the company will “open the process competitively and pursue all options for the…

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November 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM

‘I reject the contract’ with a smile

The District 751 ballots on Boeing’s contract offer don’t say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ – it’s ‘I ACCEPT the contract’ or ‘I REJECT the contract,’ capitalized. Seattle Times photographers John Lok and Mike Siegel were at the Everett and Renton union halls and prepared this photo gallery. Among the images is this one of union member Bert…

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