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Boeing says it will have to wait until sometime in 2016 to turn a profit on the 787 Dreamliners line.

By that time, the aerospace says developing the game-changing plane will cost the company more than $25 billion. There was a time when Boeing thought it would take $5 billion to develop the new plane.

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The idea of coming together in common cause is woven into Washington’s social fabric, especially into its union history. But labor has suffered reversals before, and it suffered a large one on Jan. 3, when the Machinists union voted by a narrow margin to abandon the Boeing pension plan. At stake was a key production line.

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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Washington Governor Jay Inslee pushed for a higher minimum wage and increased education funding during his State of the State Address this week. The state legislature kicked off its 2014 session. Also, Boeing Machinists Union President Tom Wroblewski announced his retirement.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and The Stranger's Eli Sanders. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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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 drama over the Boeing 777X jet has claimed its first casualty.

Tom Wroblewski, president of the Machinists Union District Lodge 751, announced on Tuesday night that he is retiring to a small group of elected representatives from local lodges. His last day is Jan. 31.

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Japan Airlines has yet again grounded one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets after the plane's lithium ion battery started smoking.



Boeing just extended its contract in Washington, keeping more than 10,000 jobs in state, partly by adjusting employees' pension plans. Last week, we heard on this program how these kinds of deals can cripple the middle class as corporations shift benefit costs from their books into the pockets their workers.

Today, Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics offers a counterpoint to David Greene, beginning with a breakdown of what that means for workers.

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Eight union machinists have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board about the contract vote that determined the Boeing 777X jet would be built in Washington state.

Ross Reynolds talks with Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International union, about the move for a $15 minimum wage, the Boeing machinists approval of a Boeing contract, and how he views his dramatic move to take the SEIU out of the AFL-CIO looks nine years later.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Connie Kelliher, spokesperson for Machinists Union District Lodge 751, about Friday's vote to approve Boeing's contract extension proposal.

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Ross Reynolds talks with University of Puget Sound sociology professor Leon Grunberg about the larger implications for organized labor following Friday's vote to approve a contract extension between Boeing and local machinists.

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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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Marcie Sillman checks in with KUOW reporter Joshua McNichols at the scene of the machinist vote and David Hyde talks with New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about the implications of this vote for labor and the future of Boeing.

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David Hyde discusses with economics columnist Jon Talton Boeing and Microsoft's big decisions and how they will effect the Puget Sound economy in 2014.