In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
Taxpayers around Washington State are trying to understand the Boeing Co.’s recent announcement of layoffs, just months after the legislature met in special session to grant $8.7 billion in tax preferences—the largest such deal in American history.
Machinists (IAM) at the Boeing Co. voted to accept an eight-year contract extension Friday that ensures production of Boeing’s 777X will remain in Washington State. The 51% to 49% vote also means Boeing will maintain production of its 737 MAX in Renton through 2024. Analysts estimate the two programs could account for as many as 20,000 direct and indirect jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.
Washington State has a world-class aerospace cluster, employing more than 130,000 people making products the rest of the world wants to buy. In 2003, the Boeing Co. cast a chill on the state, moving its headquarters to Chicago. In 2009, the chill deepened with the decision to assemble some 787s in South Carolina.
The technical workers at the Boeing Co.’s Northwest facilities have voted to approve a new four-year contract, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 announced Monday night.
Last month, the technical workers narrowly voted to reject the tentative contract, while the professional workers unit of engineers approved their contract. This latest vote, said SPEEA, was on the same pact the technical workers previously rejected.
One group of workers at Boeing’s Pacific Northwest facilities voted to accept the company’s latest contract offer, while a second voted to reject the deal and to authorize a strike if necessary, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 announced Tuesday.
Thousands of engineers and technical workers at Boeing Co. plants in the Pacific Northwest will begin voting next week on the latest contract offer and whether to authorize a strike, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 announced Thursday.