Gluesenkamp Perez, Colleagues Urge Boeing and Union Firefighters to Continue to Negotiate in Good Faith

May 28, 2024
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Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) joined several Washington colleagues to urge Boeing and union firefighters to continue to negotiate in good faith toward an agreement that provides Boeing firefighters with fair pay and benefits. The lawmakers also called on Boeing to address concerns about the safety of its workforce by ensuring union firefighters can return to duty.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez was joined by Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) in sending the letter to Boeing President David Calhoun and IAFF Local I-66 President Casey Yeager.

“Union firefighters at Boeing facilities in Washington state perform dangerous and important work, responding to industrial emergencies in potentially hazardous settings. As such, we have heard from constituents about the safety consequences of Boeing’s decision to lock out its union firefighters,” wrote the lawmakers. “Following the latest round of negotiations, we urge both parties to continue to negotiate in good faith toward an agreement that provides Boeing firefighters with fair pay and benefits.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.

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