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Boeing workers approve contract tied to 777X

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SEATTLE — Boeing workers in Washington state voted late Friday to approve an eight-year contract extension, ensuring that the company’s new 777X aircraft will be made in the Puget Sound region instead of another state. The vote was close, with 51 percent of workers in favor of the contract, according to the union representing the workers, the International Association of Machinists. Local union leaders had encouraged workers to reject the contract because, they said, it had too many concessions on retirement and health care benefits. Workers rejected a similar contract offer in November, 33 percent to 67 percent. But many workers became worried after Boeing received proposals from other states to build the 777X. (New York Times)

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