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Murray Delivers Remarks at "Save Boeing Spokane" Rally

Jan 16 2002

Urges Boeing, Mulally to save Spokane jobs

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In an effort to convince Boeing Company officials to retain their Spokane plant, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today added her voice to the hundreds of Boeing employees, union officials and local leaders at a "Save Boeing Spokane" rally.

Delivering remarks via speaker phone, Murray urged Boeing to save Spokane jobs and reiterated her support for Spokane plant workers.

Boeing is expected to announce a decision on the fate of the Spokane plant, which employs around 500 workers, in February.

Senator Murray's remarks as prepared:

Thank you SPEEA for organizing this rally.

This morning, I called Alan Mulally and reminded him of the fact that Spokane has a first rate workforce. As you know, Boeing workers in Spokane have a strong record of saving money by using production improvements and adhering to other cost-saving principles. The values of the people in the Spokane area – because of the type of town it is – are reflected in this strong work ethic at the Boeing-Spokane plant. I expect Boeing to recognize this work ethic and the superior value it brings to Boeing's commercial airplane division.

The Boeing Spokane plant deserves to be a part of Boeing's long term future operations. In November, I organized a meeting with Alan Mulally, Union leaders and Spokane officials, and expressed my confidence in the workforce at the Boeing-Spokane plant. And, today, I spoke with Alan Mulally again about Spokane.

I will continue to urge Boeing to take a hard look at the numbers and consider their Spokane workers.

Thank you, each and every one of you, for attending this rally and being a part of this broad-based community effort to keep the Spokane Boeing plant open. Working together, we will strengthen the Spokane economy.