Some Boeing Machinists, still angry about the recent contract vote that secured production of the 777X in Washington state, plan to picket an aerospace conference Gov. Jay Inslee will speak to Wednesday night.
“Governor Inslee disrespected union members and acted against the labor community who he has promised to protect,” Shannon Ryker, a member of Machinists 751 said in a statement.
Ryker said she wasn’t sure how many people would show up for the picket.
Labor groups boycotted a holiday reception in December at the governor’s mansion and called for Inslee to apologize after he urged the union to vote again on a Boeing contract proposal that cut benefits in exchange for securing future 777X work in the state.
The union, which rejected Boeing’s offer in an initial vote, later voted again and narrowly approved a new contract.
Ryker, in a phone interview, said she wants to send a message to Inslee and other politicians to stay out of their affairs in the future.
The picket, Ryker said, is being organized by Rosie’s Machinists 751, “a caucus of rank-and-file machinists that is focused on supporting, educating and creating awareness about unionism.”
Inslee is scheduled to speak at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance in Lynnwood on Wednesday night.