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County executives respond to Boeing Machinists vote results
Both King County Executive Dow Constantine and Snohomish County Executive John Lovick released statements late Friday night on the Machinists' vote to approve a new contract with Boeing.
The machinists approved the new contract to build the new 777x airplane by 51 percent on Friday night. The new contract could be worth up to 20,000 jobs for the Puget Sound region and more than $20 billion for the local economy.
Lovick: "These past few months have been challenging for everyone involved in the 777X either directly or indirectly. The Machinists have spoken, and now it’s time to move forward as we prepare to build the 777X and work to rebuild relationships. We have some amazing opportunities ahead of us as a county and a region. And, once again, the best aerospace workers in the world will be at the center of it all, building the finest airplanes in the skies."
Constantine: "Boeing workers build the best airplanes in the world. Tonight they have made the difficult decision to sacrifice in order to help ensure that the Puget Sound region will be home to the 777X, including the composite wing technology that will enable us to keep leading the world in advanced manufacturing.
“Aerospace has provided generations of family-wage jobs that are the foundation of this region's stability and prosperity. This agreement between Boeing and its machinists means that legacy will continue into the future."