As was largely expected, Boeing’s “search” for a state that would grant large concessions in exchange to build a new version of the 777 airliner has ended with Boeing getting a better labor contract from workers in Washington state. As such, it doesn’t look like Georgia will be getting a Boeing factory any time soon:
Boeing employees just barely approved a new labor contract late Friday, after protracted negotiations.
The eight-year contract, backed by 51 percent of workers, paves the way for Boeing’s new 777X airplane to be built in the Puget Sound region. In exchange, machinists made concessions on both benefits and future wages.
Thanks to this vote by our employees, the future of Boeing in the Puget Sound region has never looked brighter,” Ray Conner the chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement.
Hard to call this a loss for Georgia – because it was never seriously considered to be in play for a win. We and other states were being used. It’s just part of the game.