Boeing Eliminates Seattle-area Workforce By At Least 1800 Jobs

Nick Sanchez
March 4, 2017

The International Association of Machinists, which represents workers in Washington State, said about 1,500 of its members will accept the offered buyouts, which include a week of severance pay for every year of service and six months of medical coverage.

Boeing's machinists union, the touch labor that builds airplanes near Seattle, said about 1,575 workers had taken voluntary layoffs by the deadline in February. The company is also a major defense contractor.

Boeing slashed nearly 7,400 jobs in the state previous year.

The layoffs are meant to cut costs aimed at the commercial jetliner area of the company.

Nonunion employees were also offered buyouts, but Boeing did not offer information on how many accepted the offer. "We're told it'll be in line with previous year, at least".

Just last month, President Donald Trump traveled to Boeing's SC plant to tout the company's accomplishments.

"Already, American industry is roaring back", he said at a ceremony unveiling Boeing's newest jet.

"Jobs is one of the primary reasons I'm standing here today as your president", he said. Last year, Boeing cut about 1,200 white-collar union jobs - 850 through voluntary layoffs and 350 through involuntary reductions, said Bill Dugovich, spokesman for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

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