Hundreds of supporters braved the rain yesterday to rally in solidarity with Boeing Machinists at Seattles Westlake Park.
  • Goldy | The Stranger
  • Hundreds of supporters braved the rain yesterday to rally in solidarity with Boeing Machinists at Seattle's Westlake Park.

I know that the cold heart of capitalism insists that Boeing owes this region and its workers here absolutely nothing, but since the dawn of the commercial jet age, this is what the Puget Sound's unionized workforce has managed to produce for Boeing:

  • 7,789 737s
  • 1,831 727s
  • 1,475 747s
  • 1,147 777s
  • 1,059 767s
  • 1,050 757s
  • 1,010 707s
  • 83 787s

That's 15,443 commercial jetliners profitably produced right here in the Puget Sound. By comparison, despite Boeing's huge investment in building facilities and training workers, its non-union Charleston, South Carolina manufacturing plant has only managed to assemble 15 787s, far short of projections.

But you know, it's Boeing's executives who deserve all the credit for the company's success, and all the reward.