St. Louis Machinists To Initiate Talks For Boeing 777X Contract

Signage on Boeing headquarters | Photo from Boeing
Signage on Boeing headquarters | Photo from Boeing

The president of Boeing’s St. Louis Machinists union said his members are “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing Company to discuss the details of a contract for work on the 777X Aircraft here in St. Louis.”

Gordon King, president of the International Association of Machinists District 837, took back statements he made to a Seattle radio station Wednesday in which he said the 777X should be built in Washington.

The back-and-forth comes amid a lightning-fast effort by the Missouri legislature to approve $150 million in annual tax credits to help land Boeing’s plant, which could create 8,000 jobs. The bill was passed by the Senate Wednesday and on track for a vote in the House before the end of the week.

King also said the union appreciates the efforts of Gov. Jay Nixon, state and federal lawmakers and the local business community “to mount the unprecedented campaign to bring this new plane to St. Louis.”

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