The Machinists have spoken, and the vote was 51 percent in favor of the contract extension.
After a nail-biter day of tense waiting, Machinist local Chief of Staff Jim Bearden announced the results to a small crowd of reporters gathered at the union’s Renton headquarters, as union members learned the same news next door.
Jeannie Yandel talks with Clark University industrial relations professor Gary Chaison about the divide between national and local leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
For many Boeing machinists the battle to land the 777X production line is deeply personal, and generational.
Boeing runs in the blood of many families, who have tied their fortunes to that of the company. Andrea Simmonds’ family is like that. A grandfather of hers was a 747 pilot. Now Odin, her husband, builds the 747. He’s a machinist, like his father Don before him, who once worked the 777 line.
Ross Reynolds talks with Washington State Office of Aerospace director Alex Pietsch about Boeing, the commercial airplane business and the ongoing effort to get the 777X built in the Puget Sound region.