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Rally TODAY to thank IAM, support 777X

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Boeing-IAM-777SEATTLE (Nov. 18, 2013) –All union members and community supporters are encouraged to attend a Community & Labor Rally today (Monday, Nov. 18) at 4 p.m. at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St. in downtown Seattle to thank Boeing Machinists for standing up for middle-class jobs and to support building the 777X here in Washington state. (Also see the Facebook event page.)

“Today, hundreds from our community and from a wide cross section of unions will rally at Westlake Park to say loudly and clearly that we want the 777x, the new generation of wide-body plane, to be built here in Washington state and that we also want to thank the Machinists for standing up for the middle class,” said Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. “The overwhelming no vote on the Boeing proposal last week is no indication that workers don’t want to build the 777x and the new carbon fiber wing, but rather a reflection that the proposal failed to recognize the hard work, skill level and dedication that Machinists put into every plane that they build for The Boeing Company.”

In addition to having the most experienced, efficient and proven workforce in the world, there are obvious advantages for building the 777X in Washington state. The company has an existing 777 supplier network, existing buildings and related infrastructure, a new robotic paint shop already large enough to accommodate the 777X wing, room at Everett’s Paine Field for 777X wing production, and more than $8.7 billion in new state and local tax breaks. (Also see: Washington is the clear choice for the 777X)

“We gather today to say we want to build the 777x in Washington state, we can build the 777x in Washington state, and we should build the 777x in Washington state,” Johnson said. “And we gather to say ‘thank you’ to the Machinists for standing up for community standards.”

ALSO TODAY at The Stand — IAM defends middle class jobs, ready to make 777X a success (by WSLC President Jeff Johnson)

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