Larsen loses labor endorsement after Boeing vote

SEATTLE (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen has lost another labor endorsement following his support of a machinist contract vote that Boeing required to build its next generation 777 in the Puget Sound region.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/QCtoLL) the Washington State Labor Council did not endorse Larsen over the weekend. The labor council backed a Democrat in every other congressional race, but declined to endorse anyone in the 2nd Congressional District, where Larsen is seeking re-election.

The union organization's snub stems from Larsen's backing of a controversial Boeing contract ratified earlier this year that replaced the union's pension for a 401(k) plan. Larsen and other local politicians, including Gov. Jay Inslee, urged machinists to vote twice on the contract.

The move is largely symbolic as Larsen is considered a safe bet for reelection this fall.

The Washington Machinists Council and Snohomish County Labor Council also did not endorse Larsen.

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