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Gregoire seeks funds to train engineers, aerospace workers

OLYMPIA – Less than a month after asking the Legislature to cut $2 billion from the state’s General Fund budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking it to add about $8 million to train more engineers and aerospace workers. Gregoire, state college officials and members of the aerospace industry made a pitch for “Project Pegasus,” which began as an effort to convince Boeing to keep production of the new model of the 737 in Washington state. On Wednesday, aerospace workers ratified a contract that assures the new plane will be built on a new line at the Renton factory.

In brief: Triumph, union reach pact

Triumph Composite Systems and the union representing its 43 Spokane engineers have reached a tentative contract agreement that will provide bonuses and wage increases, cap medical premiums and bar layoffs through September 2013. Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace will vote on the agreement today.

Machinists OK Triumph contract

Spokane Triumph Composite Systems Machinists have approved a three-year contract giving them job security in exchange for a three-year pay freeze. Of 335 machinists at the West Plains manufacturing site, 81 percent of those voting this week approved the contract, union district President Tom Wroblewski said.

Former Boeing plant worker prevails in discrimination case

A former worker at Spokane’s Boeing Co. manufacturing plant has prevailed in a disability discrimination case against his former employer as an appellate court reinstated a court judgment in his favor for more than $1 million. Thomas Burchfiel, 54, worked in the company’s marketing department when it was operated by Boeing Co. before the plant was sold in late 2002 to St. Louis-based Triumph Composite Systems.