Union: Latest cuts show need for job guarantees
SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, issued the following statement March 29 as The Seattle Times reported that the Boeing Co. is looking to eliminate thousands more jobs now held by Washington state residents.
“We have not been notified of these types of workforce reduction numbers.
“We continue to have concerns about work that has been moved outside of Washington state, which is why we focused so much energy on trying to get job number guarantees for the $8.7 billion in aerospace tax incentives that our citizens are paying.
“This should make it clear to the Legislature why it is important to tie guaranteed job numbers to tax incentives like the other states have done.”
Boeing already has eliminated more than 5,300 jobs held by Washington state residents since November 2013, when Washington’s Legislature passed the largest corporate tax incentive in U.S. history, with the intent of growing the state’s aerospace industry.
Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at Boeing, District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.
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