On Nov. 7, the Washington State legislature met in a special session to establish a way to ensure Boeing Co. will build its 777X jet and composite wing in the Seattle area. Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking nearly $8 billion in tax breaks, a streamlined permitting process for Boeing and $10 billion in funding for transportation improvements. Inslee is pushing to have the package approved in a week’s time.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 751 and District Lodge W-24 are also expected to come to a labor agreement with Boeing by Nov. 13. Both the legislative package and the union agreement must be approved in order for Boeing to commit to building the 777X in Washington state.
“If we can do this in the next seven days, we can be certain that Washington’s aerospace future will be as bright as its past,” Inslee said at an earlier news conference.
The state of Washington is fully invested in keeping the assembly of Boeing’s 777X and composite wing within the state in order for future economic growth and the creation of thousands of jobs.
Although Inslee is fighting to keep Boeing in Washington, the aerospace giant is also considering alternative choices. The company has heavily considered its South Carolina assembly plant, where the 787 Dreamliner was made.
More than 100 individuals attended the meeting on Nov. 7. After the discussion, union district president Tom Wroblewski tore up a copy of the Boeing contract extension. It’s been reported that the union’s leadership is seeking to cancel the Nov. 13 vote.
At the current time, it is unclear where Boeing will build its 777X jet and composite wing.