It’s not surprising that 56 percent of those responding to an Elway Poll would have accepted the contract offered to Machinists by Boeing. To private sector workers in industries hard hit by the recession, the union contract offer looked better than what they have, or had.
But Machinists working for a company that just inked a nearly $100 billion order for new airplanes, expect to share in their company’s good fortunes. So they rejected the offer by an almost identical percentage.
The large percentage – 66 percent – of respondents who support the state Legislature’s special session measure to give Boeing $8.7 billion in tax breaks reflects the aerospace company’s high regard and long history in the Northwest. People understand the importance of keeping 56,000 jobs, and how difficult it would be to replace them in this slowly recovering economy.
We hope Boeing factors that public support into their decision-making process.