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Politics Northwest

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November 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Inslee on Boeing offer to union: ‘Need a calm dispassionate view’

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday indicated he wasn’t surprised by the Machinists union’s angry reaction to the Boeing contract offer.

 “I don’t think that we should be surprised that there is strong passion and great deliberations about changes that have been proposed,” he said. “It is legitimate that people have strong passions and will take time to look at this contract.”

Asked if he should make a personal appeal to the union, Inslee said: “I’m not a Machinist. The Machinists’ families will make decisions that are good for their individual circumstances. But I can say unequivocally that an agreement between Boeing and the Machinists is a good thing for the state of Washington.”

The governor said he wasn’t sure if he’d address the union if invited to do so. “I don’t know the answer to that. I’m governor of the state of Washington. These are independent decisions,” he said.

“I do think there is a need to really have a calm dispassionate view of the specifics of the proposal by everybody on table. I think over the weekend as more information is disseminated and people have a chance to look at it in the cool light of day, then people will make their decision.”

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