KS Officials Watching Boeing Labor Dispute


by Stephen Koranda

Boeing union workers in Washington state have rejected a contract deal, and that has Boeing officials saying production of the 777X aircraft could be moved elsewhere.

Kansas officials, including Governor Sam Brownback, are watching the developments closely to see if more Boeing jobs could be brought back to the state.

“Anything we can do to grow aircraft manufacturing jobs in Kansas is very high on my priority list,” said Brownback.

 There are some reports that Boeing officials are already meeting with representatives of other states. Early last year, Boeing announced it would pull out of Wichita, eventually affecting around 2,000 jobs and ending a decades-long connection between the company and the Wichita area.