Rep. Sells clarifies his position on a vote on Boeing offer

In an article in Thursday’s paper, I misstated state Rep. Mike Sells’ position on contract negotiations between the Boeing Co. and the Machinists union. As a journalist, I don’t want to put words in someone’s mouth, so I asked Sells to state his thoughts on the negotiations and politicians, including Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen who said that the union should put Boeing’s last contract offer to a vote by members:

“I’m not calling for a vote one way or the other, but I do understand the Machinists’ frustration with those who would insert themselves into the process. I’ve learned from experience that it doesn’t really solve anything when politicians interject themselves into the bargaining process, especially when they have not been directly involved at the table. It just makes it harder to come to resolution and exercise any leadership later to help mediate a mutually agreed upon resolution.”

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com.

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