SEATTLE (AP) — Officials at Boeing and the governor of Washington state are hailing yesterday's vote by production workers at the aviation giant.
The workers voted narrowly to give up some benefits, in order to make sure that the assembly of the new 777-X plane would take place in the Puget Sound region -- by Boeing employees represented by the machinists' union.
The offer fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from local politicians who said the deal is necessary to support the region's economic future.
Local union leaders said it was a big giveback and tried not to have a vote -- but they were overruled by the national union. They urged their 30,000 members to oppose the deal, arguing that the proposal surrenders too much at a time when the company is profitable.
After machinists rejected an initial proposal in November, Boeing received submissions for 54 locations in 22 states that wanted the 777X work.
Gov. Jay Inslee says yesterday's vote secured the state's future "as the aerospace capital of the world,"
A Boeing executive says the vote means "the future of Boeing in the Puget Sound region has never looked brighter."
118-w-36-(Martin Di Caro, AP correspondent, with Hazel powers, Boeing worker)--It looks like Boeing will stay in Washington state to finish building a new passenger airplane. AP correspondent Martin Di Caro reports. (4 Jan 2014)
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035-a-08-(Jim Bearden, administrative assistant, Machinist Local 751, at news conference Friday)-"a different site"-Machinist Local 751 administrative assistant Jim Bearden says the vote to accept Boeing's proposal means the company will probably stay in Washington to build its 777x aircraft. (4 Jan 2014)
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036-a-06-(Rick Herrmann, Boeing worker, in AP interview Friday)-"about their jobs"-Boeing worker Rick Herrmann, who has worked for the company 46 years, says he believes a majority of workers voted to accept management's proposal out of fear of the company moving out of state. (4 Jan 2014)
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038-a-07-(Hazel Powers, Boeing worker, in AP interview Friday)-"on the third"-Boeing worker Hazel Powers says the timing of the contract vote did not work in opponents' favor. (4 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO WATW210: Boeing workers cry after learning that voters in District 751 of the Boeing machinists union voted to accept Boeing's latest contract offer to keep the assembly of the Boeing 777X airplane in Washington state, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (3 Jan 2014)
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APPHOTO WATW205: Counted ballots are stacked Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the Boeing Machinists union hall in Seattle. Workers were voting on the Boeing Co.'s latest contract offer to keep the assembly of the Being 777X airplane in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (3 Jan 2014)
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