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.
At a press conference on Thursday, Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray said Seattle must figure out ways to help low-wage workers, or it risks becoming a city of the rich. He has appointed a task force to study “income inequality,” but no one expects the process to be easy.