Live 5 News has learned of a renewed effort to keep the Boeing 777X project in the Puget Sound. Six unions are coming together under a group known as CLUB, The Coalition of Labor Unions at Boeing, have written an open letter about the 777X site selection.
In the letter, they say the 60-thousand skilled and experienced employees at Boeing are ready to, "meet the challenge of designing and manufacturing the 777X on time, within budget and without growing pains."
It goes on to say, "Our members have the training and experience. Together, we can put the anxiety of aerospace customers to rest for good."
Boeing said the aerospace company would look at sites outside the Puget Sound after the Machinists Union rejected the Boeing contract proposal earlier this month.
We talked with CLUB spokesman Bill Dugovich, and while he would not say anything specific about the Machinists Union vote, he did indicate it is clear with this open letter they are "ready for" and want the project.
CLUB includes the Machinists Union, IAM, and District 751 which rejected the Boeing contract proposal. The five other unions include IAAF, Local I-66, IUOE, Local 286, SPEEA-IFPTE, Local 2001, SPFPA, Local 5, and Teamsters, Local 174.
Boeing recently introduced the new 777X at the Dubai Air Show.
South Carolina is among several states lining up, trying to land Boeing's new project.
Here is the open letter regarding 777X site selection:
Representing more than 60,000 skilled and experienced employees at The Boeing Company, the
Coalition of Labor Unions at Boeing (CLUB) assures airplane customers, investors and the f lying public we are ready to meet the challenge of designing and manufacturing the 777X on time, within budget and without growing pains.
Every successful Boeing commercial aircraft was designed, engineered, manufactured, protected and
delivered by our members. From the Teamsters who transport the parts, SPEEA members who design, engineer and deliver aircraft, Machinists who skillfully manufacture the planes, Operating Engineers who maintain our facilities, Industrial Fire Fighters who protect our plants and Security Guards who protect the people and our trade secrets, union-represented Boeing employees in Washington state and other legacy locations are the proven path to success.
Our members are ready to answer the demand of airplane customers at the recent Dubai air show to rein in control of processes and renew focus on building the highest quality, safest and most reliable aircraft inthe world. Boeing has the infrastructure today. Our members have the training and experience. Together, we can put the anxiety of aerospace customers to rest for good.
The Boeing reputation, along with the success of our company, our communities, and our aerospace
customers depend on making the right choice for the 777X. The Coalition of Labor Unions at Boeing is the clear choice – the right choice, to meet this challenge!