Machinists: Boeing expansion is welcome news

SEATTLE — Machinists District Lodge 751 President Tom Wroblewski welcomed today’s report that Boeing plans to bring new work to Puget Sound.

“We are glad to see Boeing investing in Puget Sound — especially after years of moving work from Puget Sound to outside suppliers,” the union president said.

The Seattle Times reported Friday that Boeing plans to expand an existing manufacturing research center at Boeing Field, while also making substantial investments to expand its composites manufacturing capabilities in Auburn.
The new Advanced Developmental Composites Facility at Boeing Field will employ 900 people by the end of this year, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported.
Wroblewski said Boeing hasn’t shared details of its plans with the union.
But Wroblewski said he and other union members are optimistic that Friday’s news signals “a change in attitude” on the part of Boeing’s Chicago management group, which may be “finally recognizing the tremendous resource they have in their workforce here.”
“Boeing should harness these talents every chance they get,” he said.
The announcement doesn’t change one thing, Wroblewski added, and that’s the Machinists Union’s commitment to the success of Boeing in Puget Sound, now and into the future.
“Our members look forward to taking on new work, learning additional skills and ensuring Boeing remains a vital part of this region for years to come,” he said.
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing, Machinists District Lodge 751 now represents 25,000 working men and women at 42 employers across Washington and California.
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