Machinists to vote on Boeing contract that would put 777X work in

first_imgSEATTLE — The Machinists union leadership agreed Tuesday to take to its members a Boeing Co. proposal that would ensure the forthcoming 777X jet is assembled in Washington state and its giant wings are fabricated here.The agreement means members of the International Association of Machinists will vote next week on a new contract with big cuts in future pension and health care benefits.Union members will earn a $10,000 signing bonus if it passes, payable within a month.The pension change is a major loss for current employees: Traditional pension accruals will stop, to be replaced by an alternative company-funded retirement savings plan.Clearly those terms were tough for the Machinists leaders to accept.“Only a project as significant as the 777X and the jobs it will bring to this region warrants consideration of the terms contained in Boeing’s proposal,” said District 751 leader Tom Wroblewski. “While not all will agree with the proposal’s merits, we believe this is a debate and a decision that ultimately belongs to the members themselves.”If passed, the proposed deal will span eight years from the end of the current contract in 2016, ensuring Boeing management a full decade of labor peace.last_img

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