From World Socialist Web Site - November 15
In a sign of the growing mood of resistance in the working class, Boeing workers in the US states of Washington and Oregon Wednesday resoundingly defeated an eight-year contract extension demanded by corporate executives, the union and state politicians.
A cheer rose up Wednesday night from hundreds of rank-and-file workers in the Seattle union hall when dejected union officials from the International Association of Machinists (IAM) announced the deal had been defeated by a 2-to-1 margin.
Confronted by angry workers denouncing them as company stooges, District 751 President Tom Wroblewski and IAM International Aerospace Coordinator Mark Johnson—who had negotiated the sellout behind the backs of the workers—quickly ran for shelter in their offices.
The action by the 31,000 Boeing workers, who turned out en masse to vote down the deal, is all the more courageous because they defied what has long been the central strategy of corporations and the unions: the use of mass unemployment to bludgeon workers into submission.