The loss is largely symbolic because Larsen faces no serious challenger in his bid for re-election in Washingtonís 2nd Congressional District, which includes Everett and stretches north on I-5 to the Canadian border.
The Washington State Labor Councilís political committee endorsed Democrats in every one of the stateís 10 congressional races except the 2nd District. The labor group didnít support any candidate in that race.
ďLarsenís name didnít come up,Ē said Kathy Cummings, a spokeswoman for the council.
In a statement issued by Larsenís campaign, the veteran lawmaker said he respected union membersí feelings.
ďI understand the anger of the Snohomish County Labor Council, accept and respect their decision, and still believe that Boeing will get a 777X built by the best aerospace workforce in the world, the Machinists of Puget Sound,Ē Larsen said.
The Everett Democrat angered many supporters in labor for all but backing the Boeing Co.ís concession-laden contract offer to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) last winter. Boeing executives said that if the contract was approved, the company would build the 777X and its carbon-fiber-composite wings in Washington.
The offer moved union members from a defined pension to a defined-contribution retirement plan, such as a 401(k), and rolled back other formerly negotiated benefits.
Local union leaders rejected the terms, but Larsen and other elected officials said members should vote on the offer. Larsen did not say Machinists should vote yes. But he did say that Boeing needs to cut costs and that without a labor agreement, ďfuture production at the Everett factory is imperiled.Ē
Machinists narrowly approved the contract in January.
Mike Sells, executive secretary of the Snohomish County Labor Council and a state representative, suggested at the time that Larsen give up his federal pension since thatís the choice given Boeing workers.
Jeff Johnson, president of the state labor council, also took aim at Larsen, along with Gov. Jay Inslee, for issuing public statements urging a vote.
ďWhile Gov. Jay Inslee and congressman Rick Larson are certainly entitled to their opinions about Boeingís proposal, putting their opinions in a press statement is absolutely disrespectful to the Machinists and to the labor movement,Ē Johnson said in December.
ďThat they expressed their views so publicly and so supportively of the companyís position reveals how little they understand and respect the collective bargaining process and the generations of sacrifice made by machinists to make this company prosperous,Ē Johnson added.
In Washington and Oregon, the IAM represents about 33,000 Boeing employees.
Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; email@example.com.
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