Seattle Union Accepts Contract To Build Boeing 777X

Signage on Boeing headquarters | Photo from Boeing
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The St. Louis area’s hopes of landing the facility where Boeing Co. will manufacture its new 777X airliner appeared to fizzle Friday when the company’s Seattle-area Machinists union approved a new contract to build the plane there.

The union voted to accept a deal that cuts pensions in exchange for guaranteed work building the 777X. The Machinists had rejected an earlier contract, setting off a nationwide search by Boeing for a new site to assemble its next-generation commercial airliner.

Missouri, which is home to Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division, entered the the bidding along with more than 20 other states. Boeing would have been eligible for up to $3.5 billion in state and local incentives over the next 23 years if it had chosen the St. Louis area for the facility, which was expected to bring up to 8,500 jobs.

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