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The politicians and mayors stood together to tell the union machinists that a vote for Boeing’s contract is a vote for stability for everyone. Then they said Boeing had a message.

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson about why he's urging the machinist union to approve Boeing's contract offer.

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

Dec 30, 2013
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

Machinists Will Vote On Updated Boeing Contract After All

Dec 24, 2013
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Machinists who are on vacation will still get a chance to vote on a proposed contract with Boeing.

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.
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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.

Boeing, Bertha, And McGinn On McGinn

Dec 13, 2013
Two workers walk through the first rings of the tunnel toward Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine.
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It's been a busy week: Talks between Boeing and its machinists union to secure the 777X continue to be rocky. Bertha, the world's largest tunneling machine, ground to a halt 60 feel below downtown and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn looked back on four years in office. We talk over those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

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

Boeing handout

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.

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Boeing and the Machinists Union have resumed formal talks over the 777X — specifically how to keep production of the plane in Washington state.

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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