Times: Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a big helping hand

Times: Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a big helping hand

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Times: Feds give laid-off Boeing workers a big helping hand

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by DOMINIC GATES / The Seattle Times

KING5.com

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 6:48 PM

Thanks to a federal program lined up by their unions, local workers laid off during the current dip in employment at Boeing Commercial Airplanes will enjoy a financial cushion that’s much, much plumper than what the average unemployed state resident gets.

“Compared to what Joe Worker gets when they get laid off, our members have a pretty extensive safety net,” said Connie Kelliher, spokeswoman for the International Association of Machinists (IAM).

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved Boeing workers — union or nonunion, production workers or engineers — laid off between April 2012 and June 2015 for a package of benefits that includes drawing unemployment pay for up to 2½ years, rather than the regular six months.

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