The Snohomish County Labor Council and Its Purpose

The Snohomish County Labor Council is a federation of 63 unions in Snohomish County. Those unions represent 42,000 working families for thepurpose of bargaining wages/salaries and working conditions with their employers.

The Labor Council and its member unions are dedicated to helping workers organize their workplaces so that they are ensured economic justice and dignity.

Published October 13, 2014 in Aviation Week

Opinion: Greatest Long-Term Threat To Boeing Is The Loss Of Talent

Boeing recently decided to move the majority of its defense services and support work out of Seattle. The primary goal was to cut expenses; Seattle is a high-cost area, and the jobs will go to cheaper St. Louis and Oklahoma City. The move also reinforces Boeing’s industrial footprint and political presence outside of Washington state.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) CEO Chris Chadwick termed the moves “necessary if we are going to differentiate ourselves from competitors and stay ahead of a rapidly changing global defense environment.” He is exactly right. The problem is that Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) is positioned very differently from BDS, and yet corporate management is taking a one-size-fits-all approach to labor relations. Read entire article

Published October 06, 2014 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Boeing Moves 777X Work to St. Louis, Creating 700 jobs

By Jim Gallagher

St. Louis got a toehold in the commercial jet manufacturing business Monday as Boeing announced that it would make parts for the new 777X airliner at its defense works in north St. Louis County.

The move will mean new jobs, reaching 700 when production is in full swing in 2021 to 2023. It will bring construction jobs sooner, perhaps by year end, as Boeing expands its North County composite materials facility.

The North County operation will build parts of the wing and tail of the 777X, Boeing’s 400-passenger, long-haul addition to its 777 line. Boeing has 300 orders for the plane and is hunting more for a project that should continue through the next decade.

Boeing, which employs about 15,000 locally, chose St. Louis “to leverage the skill of our employees,” said Christopher Chadwick, president of Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division that is based here.

Boeing considered other sites, but St. Louis “became a real natural” for the work, he said. Read entire article

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