You’ve likely been following along as Boeing and Machinists have gone back and forth in contract negotiations. Things took an interesting turn at the end of this week.
On Friday, leaders in the International Association of Machinists discussed whether to bring Boeing’s latest contract to a vote. The contract would secure work on Boeing’s new 777X airplane at a time when 22 states are competing for 8,500 highly paid jobs. Securing the jobs to build the 777X in Washington and sustaining the workforce for final assembly of the 737 MAX are goals for union members.
The proposed vote would give union members the opportunity to make up their own minds: embrace the reality of Boeing’s changing economic conditions or face the possibility that with a no vote the 777X could be built outside of Washington.
Below our readers share their thoughts:
Rep. Anne Zerr speaks on behalf of a bill she has sponsored in the House authorizing up to $1.7 billion of incentives to Boeing over more than two decades as part of Missouri’s effort to land production of their new 777X commercial airplane on Dec. 6 in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Let’s treat Boeing employees like we treat Boeing
Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bunch of tax breaks for Boeing to build the 777X here [“Maybe another 777X vote,” page one, Dec. 13].
In order for Boeing to build here, the Machinists must agree to a less attractive contract. Because machinists are an essential component of the company, wouldn’t it be fair to give them signing incentives that are comparable to the Boeing tax breaks?