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Union members marched yesterday in support of taking a vote on the latest Boeing contract offer. Weakened unions have chipped away at the middle class in King County.
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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.

Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) is set to move to the southwest state by 2020.
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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.

The production line at a Boeing facility.
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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.

Union members marched yesterday in support of taking a vote on the latest Boeing contract offer. Weakened unions have chipped away at the middle class in King County.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

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.

Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) is set to move to the southwest state by 2020.
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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.

Inside Everett's Boeing factory.
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Marcie Sillman discusses the states bidding for the Boeing 777x with the Daily Herald reporter Dan Catchpole.

Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) is set to move to the southwest state by 2020.
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Marcie Sillman talks with The Seattle Times' aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about Boeing's "must haves" and "would likes" from the cities vying for the 777x production site.

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Ross Reynolds and Steve Scher interview Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle and aviation reporter Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal about what their states are offering the Boeing company in exchange for the 777x.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Bill Hennigan,  aerospace reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Andy Owens, managing editor of the South Carolina Business Journal, about bringing the 777x to South Carolina.

Boeing said Thursday it has no further plans to negotiate with its Machinists after the union voted against a  contract extension Boeing said was key to its decision to build the 777X in the Puget Sound region. Now the company said it is looking at other locations. It said it would continue to consider the Puget Sound region, but as part of a competition with other places.

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Ross Reynolds and Marcie Sillman tackle the complex issues around the machinists' rejection of the Boeing contract offer. First, they speak with Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, about the implications for labor here in Washington state. Then, Wall Street Journal's aerospace reporter Jon Ostrower explains just what resources are necessary to build a brand new airplane like the 777X in another state.

Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) is set to move to the southwest state by 2020.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about negotiations between Boeing and Machinists District 751 to build the 777X in Everett.