In response to an analyst’s suggestion last week that the local Machinists ‘divorce’ themselves from the national union, leaders for Seattle-based District 751 submitted this statement:
“By the same token, we think it would be highly beneficial to the state of Washington and its aerospace industry if Boeing Commercial Airplanes group would divorce itself from Boeing-Chicago,” said Machinists spokeswoman Connie Kelliher. “We’ve certainly found BCA leadership at Longacres to be more reasonable and flexible in our dealings with them.
“Both District 751 and our leadership at the International are committed to working with Boeing to improve our relationship here in Washington, and nationwide,” she said. “We’re confident that if Boeing would just match that commitment and partner with us, we’d all benefit.”