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November 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Union can’t bully Boeing into submission

Boeing machinists cheer to the news that the proposed contract was turned down and jeer at the union president Tom Wroblewski in the headquarters of the Boeing machinists union (District 751) in Seattle, Nov. 13, 2013. (Peter Haley/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT)

Boeing machinists cheer to the news that the proposed contract was turned down and jeer at the union president Tom Wroblewski in the headquarters of the Boeing machinists union (District 751) in Seattle, Nov. 13, 2013. (Peter Haley/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT)

Preserve Boeing heritage by passing a right-to-work law

Boeing is a state institution birthed and nurtured in Washington state and not the plaything for their union ["Boeing launches hunt for place to build 777X," page one, Nov. 15].

The citizens of Washington should have the only say as to the fate of our heritage. In typical union arrogance, the union believes it can bully Boeing into submission because it has a union monopoly in building airplanes in the U.S. The South Carolina Boeing venture suggests that Washington Boeing workers are competing with workers from other states.

I recently visited Charleston, S.C. German BMW cars are built in South Carolina. I watched a ship being loaded with 7,000 cars that would later be distributed around the world. There are 6,000 nonunion Boeing workers in South Carolina. The state is eager to increase the Boeing presence to further the economic well-being.

If the citizens of Washington state want to preserve their Boeing heritage, the only solution is to immediately pass a right-to-work law.

Don Wilbur, University Place

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