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November 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Boeing Machinists made the right decision

Boeing machinists react to the news that 67 percent of membership refused the company's latest contract proposal, Nov. 13, 2013, in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/Seattle Times/MCT)

Boeing machinists react to the news that 67 percent of membership refused the company’s latest contract proposal, Nov. 13, 2013, in Seattle. (Dean Rutz/Seattle Times/MCT)

Boeing is just looking for an excuse to move

I am very proud of our members for standing up for the things those of us who came before won and passed on to them [“Machinists vote no,” page one, Nov. 14]. Boeing wants out of the pension business and offered 4 percent in a new 401(k) plan. Why not 4 percent into the International Association of Machinists’ pension fund? The fact is Boeing is more interested in having an excuse to move as much work as possible to nonunion shops.

The Machinists fought and won more than $3 billion in tax breaks for the 787 and helped secure the 767 tanker for them. Boeing’s thanks is to move the tanker and new 787 assembly line somewhere else. How on earth could our members and state trust that Boeing would do anything different on the 777X?

Ron McGaha, retired Machinist, Renton

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