Boeing, Machinists meet again to negotiate 777X deal

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777xRENTON — Boeing officials and Machinists union leaders met for the second day in a row Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported, with some sources saying a contract agreement between the two sides could come as early as Christmas.

According to the Times, the two sides again met at the Longacres Headquarters of the Commercial Airplanes division to discuss a contract agreement that would keep work on the Boeing 777X in Washington state.

Previously, Boeing officials had said they would not meet with union members until the current contract was up in 2016. Outlooks for construction of the Boeing 777X in Washington looked dim after the Machinists union voted down a contract renewal on Nov. 13, opening the floodgates for other states to offer incentives to Boeing in an effort to lure jobs.

A note was sent out by the International Association of Machinists District 751 President Tom Wroblewski Wednesday, saying the goal of the two sides was to secure the Puget Sound as the site for 777X fabrication and final assembly. Union members are expected to be updated later Wednesday, the union said.

Details of a potential contract have not yet been released.

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1 Comment

  • 2DollarBill

    Boeing was going to build it in the NW anyway. The bloodsport of attempting to destroy the middle class every few years is a cherished one. Maybe one day their workforce will be dumb enough to buy one of these horrible offers.

    The Machinists know that if Boeing wanted to pull the plug, they would or still will no matter how they vote on an individual contract. They would pull the plug on the Machinists if they agreed to minimum wage the moment Boeing figured out a way to actually build the same planes cheaper. These negotiations aren't what makes or breaks their existence – Despite the threats they seem to use the drama with tact showmanship.

    If anything is clear through all of this it is that Boeing cares not for the states it is jokingly accepting bids on. If Boeing sticks with the Machinists it eliminates any chance at them ever getting a moonshot offer to fit their moonshot request for bids.