In America, hard work and success should be rewarded. But this week an American company experiencing soaring profits, stock prices at an all-time high, and decades worth of back orders for its high-quality union-made products did exactly the opposite. Boeing gave its workforce a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum: sacrifice your pensions and accept wage and benefit cuts, or we’ll build our next jet in some other state.
Machinists (IAM) union members at Boeing rightly rejected that attempt at extortion — despite enormous public pressure from Boeing executives in Chicago and politicians here in Washington — and now those of us in the community must stand beside them and demonstrate our support for their decision. Please make plans to attend a Community & Labor Rally on Monday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle to show our support for the IAM District 751 members who rejected Boeing’s ultimatum to eliminate their pensions and cut their wages and benefits.