Boeing Eyes Washington Exit, Other States Drool
Big prize up for grabs after machinists turn down deal
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2013 3:36 AM CST
Boeing machinists march to cast their vote at the International Association of Machinists union hall in Everett, Washington.   (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

(Newser) – Boeing's long history in Washington state is at a turning point and other states—including California, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama—are gleefully eyeing the prospect of thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of well-paid jobs building the company's upcoming 777X aircraft, the AP reports. A machinists union rejected a deal this week that would have kept production in the Seattle area and the company, which shifted its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, says it is now looking for new locations to build the plane, though it hasn't completely ruled out reaching a deal with the Washington workers.

Lawmakers and business groups in Southern California—where the number of aerospace jobs has dived 70% since 1990—are among those eagerly trying to woo Boeing, though experts believe the firm may opt for South Carolina, where its first non-union final-assembly plant makes 787s, reports the Los Angeles Times. In Washington, meanwhile, union leaders are standing firm after members voted to reject a deal that would have ended traditional pension plans and increased health care costs. "We preserved something sacred by rejecting the Boeing proposal," says the president of International Association of Machinists District 751. "We've held on to our pensions and that's big. At a time when financial planners are talking about a 'retirement crisis' in America, we have preserved a tool that will help our members retire with more comfort and dignity."

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NorCalHal
Nov 17, 2013 5:13 PM CST
South Carolina, Georgia or Alabama I can understand, but California NO WAY. Mexifornia hasn't been business friendly for 30-40 years and if they want to get away from Union extortion then California is NOT the place. I hope people hurry up and wake to the fact that Union tactics are ruining this country and DRIVING jobs away...
bruno arslanturk
Nov 16, 2013 8:59 AM CST
Boeing: Florida welcomes you with open arms, you are already here and we have plenty of more room, actually skilled workers (from Nasa) all the technological back up you need including aerospace companies, schools already waiting to serve your needs. Did I mention the awesome weather, ton of fun things to do, places to see, and a conservative environment to raise your kids like.... kids. Unions are not about creating jobs, if they were they'd end up with tens of thousands of extra jobs in Washington. But unionism is not about others, it's about selfishness and union dues. These idiots just proved that. Don't listen to those idiots in Seattle. Washington bad, Florida good.
Econ_101
Nov 16, 2013 8:32 AM CST
My grandpa told me that the Democrats were for the poor people. He also told me that the Republicans were for the rich people. So, if you wanna be poor vote Democrat ! But, if you wanna be rich, then vote for the Republicans ! Get it ?