Lost jobs: 11,000 reasons for tax break accountability

OLYMPIA — The Boeing Co. has eliminated the jobs of more than 11,000 Washington state residents since Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature agreed to give the company the largest corporate tax incentives in U.S. history. That’s why Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace are continuing to … Continue reading

Holden: Boeing taking both jobs and tax dollars

SEATTLE — Today’s reports that the Boeing Co. received $305 million in Washington state tax breaks last year are a prime illustration of why the state Legislature needs to act on aerospace tax incentive accountability, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 said. “As a state, we sent $305 million to Boeing headquarters in … Continue reading

Holden: We need better data on aerospace incentives

OLYMPIA — Aerospace machinists support using tax incentives to help grow Washington’s aerospace industry, but the Legislature needs to act to ensure they are working as intended, the president of the largest union for Washington aerospace workers said Friday. “We need a more robust method for evaluating the success of our state’s past investment in … Continue reading

‘Corporate welfare killing us,’ union VP says

OLYMPIA — Working people are tired of being scapegoated for an economic crisis caused by Wall Street and its political allies, a top Machinists Union official said. “Corporate welfare is what’s killing us,” said Gary Allen, the general vice president of the union’s Western Territories. “They try to tell us that it’s a teachers’ dental … Continue reading

Union supports tax breaks for apprenticeships

OLYMPIA — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 supports legislation that would grant aerospace companies a break on their state taxes in return for hiring new apprentices. House Bill 1682, which was introduced on Friday, would provide a $5,000 B&O tax credit, spread over two years, for companies that hire apprentices through state-approved apprenticeship programs like … Continue reading

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