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Boeing machinists who opposed January's 777X contract vote have suffered another loss. The National Labor Relations Board has told them it is rejecting their complaints about how the vote was held. The decision: The vote didn't matter because parent union had the authority to accept Boeing's offer without a ratification vote.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about the aftermath of the fight to keep Boeing's 777X wing production in Washington state.

Not Even Boeing Can Fly Without Wings

Jan 21, 2014
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Ross Reynolds talks with Snohomish County Executive John Lovick about why he thinks Boeing should build the wing for the 777X in his neighborhood.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the aerospace industry in the South Sound, and what makes it an appealing place to build the Boeing 777X wing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Machinists clashed with each other Wednesday at the union’s Everett hall asking that Boeing not require the union leadership’s endorsement in order to proceed with a vote.

About three dozen of them marched from Boeing’s main factory building to call attention to their demand for a vote on Boeing’s latest contract offer.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Elizabeth Ford, visiting assistant professor at Seattle University's School of Law, about the strategies and laws behind the Boeing labor negotiations.

Machinist on Boeing Contract: Let Us Vote

Dec 16, 2013
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Marcie Sillman talks with machinist Paul Fritzler about why he wants union members to be able to vote on Boeing's most recent contract offer.

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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.

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Boeing says its machinists have rejected the company’s “best and final” counterproposal.

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There’s a proposal on the table.

The Machinists Union says it has presented Boeing with a contract that could secure the 777X production line for the Puget Sound region.

The Bids Are In: What's Next In The 777X Saga?

Dec 11, 2013
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Ross Reynolds gets the latest from Wall Street Journal aerospace reporter Jon Ostrower about the states wooing Boeing for the 777X and its carbon fiber wings.

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Marcie Sillman discusses the states bidding for the Boeing 777x with the Daily Herald reporter Dan Catchpole.

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