Cantwell Statement on Boeing’s Decision to Build the 737 MAX in Renton

Senate Aviation Subcommittee Chair: ‘737 MAX is a Shot in the Arm for Jobs Across our State’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Aviation Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the announcements that the 737 MAX will be built in Renton and that Boeing and the International Association of Machinists have reached an agreement on a new 4-year contract:

“This is a tsunami-sized deal between Boeing and the Machinists union,” Cantwell said. “It is a transformation of the relationship between the company and workers to focus on quality, performance, and incentives.

“This deal keeps jobs in the Northwest with the 737 MAX production and keeps the long-term skillset of building fuel efficient planes in the Northwest. The Puget Sound area wins because it means the Northwest will continue to be the epicenter of aerospace jobs long into the future.

“Congratulations to Boeing and the International Association of Machinists for working together to bring about this new day for our state’s economy. From Renton to Spokane, the 737 MAX is a shot in the arm for jobs across our state.”

Video of Senator Cantwell's Senate floor speech can be found here.