Machinists Council rescinds endorsement of Larsen
SEATTLE — Dan Morgan, the president of the Washington Machinists Council, issued the following statement after his group revoked its endorsement for Congressman Rick Larsen’s 2014 reelection campaign.
“On Dec. 13, 2013, U.S. Rep. Larsen issued a press release calling on Machinists Union leaders to ‘let their members vote on the contract offer from Boeing.’ Larsen sided with Boeing, stating, ‘It is my assessment that Boeing needs to control its costs so it can continue to lead in an increasingly competitive environment.’
“Congressman Larsen needs to understand he was elected to represent his district in the U.S. House of Representatives, not as the union president or Boeing’s chief negotiator. Larsen interfered with the IAM in its efforts to secure the best outcome for its members working at Boeing. By pressing for a vote, Larsen helped Boeing strip away pensions and health care benefits. While we don’t expect the Congressman to side with us, Boeing doesn’t need Larsen’s help to drive down wages and benefits for working families.
“The Machinists Union has had a good working relationship with Representative Larsen, but we cannot endorse a candidate who interferes with our collective bargaining processes.”
The Washington Machinists Council is the umbrella organization for all members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers in Washington state, with delegates from all local and district lodges. It represents more than 50,000 Machinists Union members statewide, working in aerospace, shipbuilding/repair, auto/truck repair, wood products and related industries.