On Wednesday, thousands of Boeing machinists will vote on a contract extension that could help land the 777x in Washington. For many of them, it's a decision that impacts generations of family members.
Marisa Woolsey is one of those workers. She followed in the footsteps of her father, grandfather, aunts, and uncles when she joined the company.
I can relate now to why my family fought so hard for all the things we did, all the strikes we endured when Iwas a kid and all the hard times, it's for me to have the benefits Ihave right now, she said.
Her biggest concerns with the current contract offer are its impact on pension plans and healthcare costs.
You're taking away everything Icame here to work for, Imight as well go work anywhere else, she said.
Not only that, she is hoping that her own daughter, who is now just three years old, will one day work for Boeing. Marisa says she has to look out for future generations, just like her father and grandfather did for her.
That's why a $10,000 signing bonus before Christmas time doesn't entice her.
I mean, I have zero savings, and Icould use that money so badly, but Ihave more integrity than that, she said. I'm going to stand up for what I believe in.
She was one of several hundred machinists to attend a rally on Monday afternoon in Everett. Most in the crowd held signs that said 'Vote No', as organizers told the crowd that solidarity is their biggest strength.
We are brothers and sisters in the union, and we are supposed to have each other's backs and fight, said Marisa.
She'll have to wait until Wednesday's vote to find out how many people agree with her.
Governor Inslee on Monday approved a package of tax breaks for Boeing, in hopes of ensuring the 777x is built in Washington. It's not a done deal until the machinists approve the contract extension.