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Boeing machinists approve contract that secures production of 777X in Seattle

Published on Jan 4, 2014 2:24 PM

SEATTLE (REUTERS) - Boeing machinists have narrowly approved a crucial labour contract that secured thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity for Washington state but will cost workers their pensions.

The vote of 51 per cent to 49 per cent to accept the deal means Boeing Co will build its new 777X jetliner and wings in the Seattle area, where Boeing has built aircraft for more than 90 years.

Had the workers rejected the offer, Boeing had said it would consider making the successor to its popular 777 widebody jet elsewhere and had received offers from 22 states interested in hosting the new factory.

"This decision means Boeing hopefully will stop pursuit of another site for its 777X program," said a somber Jim Bearden, administrative assistant to machinist District 751 President Tom Wroblewski.

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