Boeing machinists reject contract proposal

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Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 11:34 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing machinists in the Northwest have rejected a contentious contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs.

The International Association of Machinists District 751 announced Wednesday 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.

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