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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Boeing workers given federal benefits

Benefits should be from unions and management

I read with interest the article on added benefits for Boeing workers being laid off. [“Extra help if Boeing lays you off,” page one, Aug. 1.]

I worked for Boeing for 40 years. I am proud of the company, its people and the contributions we have made to the state, our nation and the world. I support providing extra help in times of layoffs. But I believe funding for extra benefits is the responsibility of the unions and management, not the federal government.

Our government intrusion in the labor-management process is alarming. I can only presume that these extra benefits are the result of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) union lobbying in exchange for votes and dollars.

As a taxpayer, I believe this intrusion is immoral, if not illegal. Where does it stop?

Fred Bowen, Port Ludlow

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