November 7, 2013 in City

Boeing 777X deal may not need Washington Legislature

Associated Press

OLYMPIA – A summary of the agreement between Boeing and the Machinists union implies that the deal to ensure the company builds the composite wings and fuselage of its new 777X in Washington does not depend on legislative action.

The Seattle Times reported that the summary, which was posted online Wednesday, indicates the company’s commitment hinges solely on the union’s vote next week on the eight-year contract.

There’s no mention of legislative action as a parallel requirement. On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee called a special session that will begin today in order to pass aerospace incentives to keep the project in the state.

Union spokesman Bryan Corliss said that the reason the legislative information wasn’t included in that document was because only information related to the union agreement was relevant for voting members.

“They’re not going to vote on the legislative piece, so we didn’t include information on the summary piece,” he said. “I think people are trying to read tea leaves and we’re all drinking coffee here.”

Inslee’s office released a letter written Wednesday by a Boeing official that states the company’s commitment to the area will be “solidified” by both the union vote and if “favorable economic incentives are implemented by the State of Washington.” That letter however, doesn’t say that their commitment is dependent on the legislative action, and does not mention a $10 billion transportation revenue package that Inslee on Tuesday said was needed.

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