Machinists who are on vacation will still get a chance to vote on a proposed contract with Boeing Co.
National leaders of the Machinists union are scheduling a vote on a proposed contract between Boeing and Puget Sound machinists, despite objections from local union officials who have already rejected the company’s latest offer.
Even as they try desperately to hang on to Boeing Co., officials in Washington state have been courting the main competitor of the aerospace giant.
A Boeing executive said Tuesday the company is narrowing its options as it searches for a place to build the 777X passenger plane.
Some machinists in Puget Sound plan to rally in favor of a Boeing contract vote, a union member said Monday, escalating tensions over the handling of negotiations tied to the new 777X passenger airplane.
Leaders in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have publicly differed on whether to bring Boeing’s latest contract offer to a vote.
Local machinists spokesman Bryan Corliss said Friday that the company withdrew its latest contract offer after union leaders told Boeing Co. they could not recommend the proposal to members.
A Boeing spokesman says the company has presented a “best and final counterproposal” to the Machinists union but union leaders rejected the offer to keep much of the work on Boeing’s new 777X jet in the Puget Sound region.
Boeing is shifting hundreds of jobs to Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina as it restructures its research and technology operations.
Missouri’s bid for a Boeing assembly plant could include more than $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades if the airplane manufacturer adds thousands of jobs, according to new details given to lawmakers Tuesday.