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News Summary: Boeing machinists vote on contract

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 10:48 am •  Published: January 3, 2014

UNION VOTE: Boeing machinists will decide Friday whether to accept a contract that would concede some pension and health care benefits to secure assembly of the company's new 777X airplane in Washington state.

CONTENTIOUS ISSUES: The offer has fractured the union and drawn unusual pleas from politicians who say the deal is necessary to support the Puget Sound region's economic future.

LABOR OPPOSITION: Local union officials, meanwhile, are urging their 30,000 members to oppose the deal, arguing that the proposal surrenders too much at a time of company profitability. They have opposed taking a vote at all but were overruled by national leaders in the Machinists union.