Machinists cheer Pentagon tanker decision
SEATTLE – Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle, made the following statement after the Pentagon announced it had accepted Boeing’s bid to provide an American-built tanker for the U.S. Air Force:
“Today’s news – that after nearly 10 long years, the Pentagon has finally seen the light and decided to order 179 Boeing tankers, built by our Machinists – is certainly cause for celebration.
“We’ve worked hard on Boeing’s behalf for nearly a decade on this tanker deal. In fact, we could have built and delivered an entire fleet of tankers in the time it’s taken to settle this deal.
“As we’ve all learned over the past 10 years, with the tanker, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over and even then you can’t be sure.
“But just as we’ve said all along, the Boeing tanker is the right one for America’s military, for our taxpayers and for the U.S. economy. We are the Fighting Machinists, and we’re going to keep on fighting for the Boeing tanker, right up till our members start building the first one for the Air Force up in Everett.”
Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., Machinists Union District Lodge 751 now represents more than 26,000 working men and women at 44 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. In 2010, District 751 Machinists ratified contracts with 22 of those employers, without a single workday lost to strikes.
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