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December 24, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Boeing 777X: Movement on a contract vote

IAM Union member Bert Groom (cq) gets his picture taken with his ballot during voting at the Renton Union Hall for IAM District 751 on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Machinists district-wide are weighing in on a crucial vote on Boeing's latest contract extension that includes jobs for the 777 aircraft (John Lok / The Seattle Times).

IAM member Bert Groom gets his picture taken with his ballot during voting at the Renton Union Hall for IAM District 751 on Nov. 13 (John Lok / The Seattle Times).

There was movement over the weekend on a Boeing contract vote related to 777X production. The top leadership of the Machinists, known within the union as “the International,” has ordered a vote on Boeing’s contract offer on Jan. 3, despite strong opposition from the local Machinists leadership. Boeing has said it would build the 777X here if machinists approve the revised contract offer, which after 2016 replaces future growth in their pensions with a defined contribution retirement savings plan.

Boeing’s days in Washington state are numbered

Lots of people are upset at the Boeing Union members for voting down a contract that would secure jobs in the region for many years [“National union orders Boeing vote — Jan. 3,” page one, Dec. 22].

The members are upset at their leadership for negotiating a bad contract on their behalf, and then making them vote. Has it ever crossed your mind that Boeing most likely intended on building the 777X somewhere other than the Pacific Northwest and that is why they proposed a contract they knew would get rejected by either that state or the union?

On top of that, our Legislature bent over backward to pass a resolution that was required by Boeing in order for them to even consider Washington as a place to build the plane.

We as a society keep complaining about the greed of corporations, but here we are bending over backward for a company that has set record sales over the past few years — a company that does not want to spend money on building facilities, roads and other infrastructure requirements for the building of a product that would not start for years.

Some are angry at the union members for voting the way they did. But if it were you who would be receiving fewer benefits several years down the road, how would you vote?

I believe that Boeing’s days in Washington state are numbered; the question is when will the state stop giving companies like Boeing these huge tax incentives, and give the people a tax break?

— Eduardo Santana, Gig Harbor

Respect labor and other workers

As disturbing as it is to watch Boeing methodically break down the Machinist’s efforts to protect its economic interests, it is more disheartening to hear other working people express their jealousy of the Machinists’ good pay and benefits, joining Boeing in its verbal attack on them.

Rather than trying to bring people who are economically more fortunate down, when will working people come to understand that they should be trying to raise their own situation up to the level of those whom they are jealous of. The middle class will never recover as long as workers allow themselves to be duped by companies that have no respect for the value of labor.

— Dick Schwartz, Seattle

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