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Machinists present contract offer; Boeing expected to respond Thursday

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SEATTLE — After two days of negotiations, the Machinists union presented a preliminary contract proposal to Boeing officials that would secure a work contract in Washington state.

According to International Association of Machinists Lodge 751 officials, the union offered the proposal for 777X wing fabrication and final assembly work in the Puget Sound during 777xmeetings in Wednesday afternoon Renton.

Union local president Tom Wroblewski said talks between the union and Boeing officials, which had been going on for two days, were “respectful and constructive,” but he said the two sides were not close to an agreement.

The union did not disclose any terms of the deal. Wroblewski said he expects Boeing to respond to the offer Thursday.

“We tried to craft a proposal that would meet the needs of our members, while also ensuring the long-term success of the Boeing Co. in Washington state,” Wroblewski said.

The union said if the offer is rejected, it will continue to make the case that Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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