Not to add salt to an already-gaping wound, a mere month after Machinists’ union members in Puget Sound rejected a long-term contract negotiated behind their backs by their parent union, Boeing is formally seeking bids to build its new 777X:
Boeing Co. has asked 15 locations around the United States to submit formal bids for the work of building its forthcoming 777X jet, according to a person close to the discussions.
Boeing spokesman Doug Alder confirmed Saturday that a formal request for proposals was sent out to “more than a dozen” sites late Friday afternoon and into the evening.
Boeing also said Saturday it is not in any talks with the Machinists union to get past the rejection of its contract offer that precipitated the opening up of the site search.
Washington state is one of the 15 sites under consideration, said the person close to the discussions.
Long Beach, Calif., and Salt Lake City also are on the list.
The other locations include both existing Boeing locations and new “green-field” sites, according to the source.
Other sites likely to be on Boeing’s list are Huntsville, Ala.; San Antonio; and North Charleston, S.C.
Apparently, for Boeing, breaking up isn’t so hard to do after all. They’re moving on–with or without the Machinists in Puget Sound.
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