Here is news coverage of Thursday night’s IAM 751 Solidarity Rally:
► From KIRO TV — Boeing Machinists rally against contract offer — Chanting “Vote No!,” hundreds of Boeing machinists rallied at union headquarters late Thursday afternoon in advance of a crucial vote on the Boeing Co.’s contract offer. The offer includes concessions on pensions and medical costs, but the company says a “yes” vote would guarantee that construction of the 777X and its new carbon fiber wing will be done in Washington state.
► In today’s Seattle Times — Machinists at rally: ‘Hell no’ to deal — Hundreds of Machinists rallied Thursday afternoon in Seattle to urge their union co-workers to reject Boeing’s contract offer. Addressing a rowdy crowd that chanted “Hell no,” Wilson Ferguson, president of the union’s Local A and a flight-line mechanic at Boeing, said Friday’s vote is a time to “beat back the evils of management once again.”
ALSO in the Times — Boeing retirement revamp may shape outcome of vote
► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Boeing’s 777X gambit: Machinists vote Friday — Machinists who plan to vote no say they’re voting to protect well-paying jobs from corporate extortion. “Boeing is giving us a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum,” Machinist Shannon Ryker said at a vote-no rally Thursday at the Seattle headquarters of IAM District 751. “That gives us no choice but to say no!”
► From Bloomberg — Boeing-union deal pits pensions against 777X output risk — Aerospace analyst: “What this boils down to: What’s the level of risk that Boeing’s going to end up taking to get those savings in terms of having a less-experienced workforce?”