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December 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Boeing 777X vote

Legislators care more about business, not constituents

In this artist's concept provided by The Boeing Co. is the 777-9X, the largest of the aerospace company's new family of 777X jetliners. Boeing currently has more than a dozen states in competition from coast to coast offering property, billions of dollars of tax breaks, favorable labor deals and customized employee training hoping that Boeing will choose them to assemble its new 777X jetliner. (AP Photo/The Boeing Co.)

The Boeing Co. is the 777-9X, the largest of the aerospace company’s new family of 777X jetliners. Boeing currently has more than a dozen states in competition from coast to coast offering property, billions of dollars of tax breaks, favorable labor deals and customized employee training hoping that Boeing will choose them to assemble its new 777X jetliner. (AP Photo/The Boeing Co.)

In the article “Maybe another 777X vote” [page one, Dec. 13], many examples are given of state legislators who are urging Machinists into voting on the new contract Boeing is offering.

Gov. Jay Inslee in particular said that the vote should happen soon because he is concerned that Washington may lose the jobs brought by Boeing. This is despite union officials saying that the contract they’re being asked to vote on is too similar to the contract they rejected.

If it is clear that the people don’t want to accept the contract, why are so many legislators pushing for it? Have we gotten to a point where our elected officials care more about attracting big business than listening to their constituents?

If the union thinks that the offer is not worth considering, then they have no obligation to vote on it (as their current contract lasts until 2016). Gov. Inslee recently passed a piece of legislation that gave Boeing $9 billion in tax breaks. Who is going to pick up the slack of that money if not the taxpayers? State legislators need to worry less about business and more about their citizens.

— Christopher Francis Shea, Mukilteo

Say no to Boeing’s greed

The Machinists’ offering makes no sense to me. I remember being in my 20s, starting my job and being a bit shocked when they took that first pension payment out of my check. I had a lot of bills to pay and things I wanted to do then and now. Just like the Machinists’ thinking, I was worried about the immediate future: very short term.

And while it seems like Boeing management is thinking very short term — where to build the next fleet of planes — they are also looking long term: how to get rid of not just this pesky pension system but the unions altogether. They want to lower wages and benefit standards for all so that no matter where that young machinist works, he won’t make enough for his family short term, much less think about ever retiring. Is that the future world anyone wants for their children?

I stand with the Machinists who voted no and continue to say no to Boeing’s greed.

— Doreen McGrath, Seattle

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