Several hundred union workers and others rallied Monday in Seattle to support Machinist union members who voted last week to reject Boeing’s proposed contract that would have meant the 777X is built in Washington.
Union leaders as well as Mayor Mike McGinn, Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant and other elected officials declared the Machinists were standing up for middle-class jobs, as union chants erupted through the crowd at Westlake Park.
“When we fight, we win.”
“Build it here.”
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“We are union.”
John Scearcy, president of Teamsters Local 117, said his union was at the downtown rally because what Boeing did “was a blatant attack on the middle class.”
No specific ideas for salvaging the Machinists’ relationship with Boeing were offered, but Jeff Johnson, president of the Washington State Labor Council, told the crowd he hopes Boeing will come back to the table for further negotiations.
David Angulo, a member of Ironworkers Local 86, said he was there because “we are all different trades, but we all want fair deals to support our families, so we all have to stick together.”
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