Seattle-Area Union To Vote On Revised Boeing Contract

Signage on Boeing headquarters | Photo from Boeing
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The president of the International Association of Machinists warned members to take seriously Boeing’s efforts to build the 777X airliner outside Washington state and not to expect further bargaining if they vote Jan. 3 to reject Boeing’s proposed contract extension.

The national leadership is at odds with Puget Sound union officials at District 751, who have adamantly opposed holding a vote on the contract proposal, according to a Seattle Times report. International President Tom Buffenbarger, who ordered the balloting, did not explicitly recommend a “yes” vote by the 31,000 members covered by the proposed contract extension. But the message highlighted what he said was $1 billion in improvements from the previous contract offer that Machinists rejected Nov. 13.

Boeing says it will build the planned 777X in its Puget Sound plants if the contract is approved. If not, the company says it will look at other sites in 21 states, including Missouri, that quickly responded to its well-publicized request for proposals.

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