Machinists at Boeing received a heaping dose of union solidarity today when a coalition of seven national labor organizations donated $125,000 to support the two-week-old strike against the aerospace giant.

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Machinists at Boeing received a heaping dose of union solidarity today when a coalition of seven national labor organizations donated $125,000 to support the two-week-old strike against the aerospace giant.

Standing on a flatbed truck parked in front of Boeing’s old corporate headquarters on East Marginal Way, Anna Burger, the chairwoman of the Change to Win coalition, announced the contribution in front of a rowdy crowd of about 100 machinists and members of other local unions.

“Working people know that if a company as profitable as Boeing can skimp on retirement and health care, everyone’s future is at risk,” said Burger, who stood alongside Mark Blondin, president of the International Association of Machinists, District 751.

Many in the crowd wore the purple jackets of the Service Employees International Union, Local 1199, which represents more than 4,000 nurses and health care workers in the Puget Sound area.

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One of the Machinists’ main complaints is that Boeing has offered to increase their monthly pension payments by only 10 percent, to $66 per month from $60 per month now.

By contrast, Diana Sosne, president of SEIU, Local 1199, said her members are fighting a move by Swedish Medical Center to completely rewrite their retirement options.

Sosne said SEIU members are anxious to see the Machinists prevail.

“We need to maintain standards for unionized workers so that other workers can have a chance to have the same kind of benefits,” Sosne said. “We admire what the Machinists have been able to achieve in their years of collective bargaining.”