Boeing’s 777X Site Search Was ‘No Bluff’ In Labor Talks

By Guy Norris
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 13, 2014

In 1955, the year test pilot Alvin “Tex” Johnston famously rolled the pioneering Dash 80 707 prototype over Seattle, Boeing machinists won the right to a pension plan.

With Boeing's star on the rise as the undisputed leader of the new commercial jet age, the then-20-year-old branch of the machinists union was determined to guarantee that its members reaped the fruits of that success well into their retirement. Having secured a pension and a score of other benefits for its members since it was formed in 1935, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751 went on to become a powerful force within Boeing.

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