SEATTLE — United States Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement on reports that Boeing will pull 787 production out of Washington state:
“The Pacific Northwest has long been an unparalleled and trusted leader in the aviation and aerospace industry. A company didn’t build that success and reputation; workers did. For decades, talented and dedicated engineers, machinists and workers across our region proudly contributed their skills and ingenuity around the clock to power Boeing, our economy and this country to new heights. Quality, safety and overall success are all foolishly sacrificed when production moves to a region without this kind of expertise—made clear by safety lapses and “shoddy production” at the North Charleston plant in 2019 and again last month when eight 787 jets were pulled from service after flaws were identified at the South Carolina factory.
“The company’s misguided decision to dishonor workers throughout the Pacific Northwest by turning their back on our region is wrong. I will not stop fighting to lift workers up—from those harmed by Boeing’s shortsighted decision to those out of work due to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. I will work with our state’s Congressional Delegation to do everything we can to bring 787 production back to Everett and to lay the groundwork for new investments in aerospace and manufacturing jobs. And I will do everything in my power to ensure we continue making the Pacific Northwest a destination of choice for businesses as they create new good, high-wage jobs—fighting for strong public schools, accessible job training programs, robust workers protections, affordable housing, invaluable supply chains, access to global markets, environmental protections and other key aspects that guarantee the highest quality of life possible for those who work, live and raise their families here.”