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Boeing machinists reject contract proposal

Boeing machinists reject contract proposal

AP News, METRO

SEATTLE, Wash. – Boeing machinists have rejected a contentious contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs.

The International Association of Machinists District 751 announced last night that the proposal was rejected by 67 percent of the votes.

Some union members had called for a ‘no’ vote, protesting Boeing Co.’s push to end a traditional pension plan and increase their health care costs.

Workers would have received a $10,000 signing bonus if they approved the deal.

Boeing had proposed the eight-year contract extension, saying it needs the deal to assemble the new 777X in Washington state.

With the threat of those jobs going to another state, lawmakers rushed to approve $8.7 billion in tax breaks last week.

Governor Jay Inslee says even though the Machinists union has rejected Boeing’s offer of an eight-year contract extension, Washington is still in the running for the 777X project and intends to be competitive.

Boeing CEO Ray Conner says the outcome of the union vote is disappointing and the company “has no choice but to open the process competitively and pursue all options for the 777X.”