Boeing Machinists’ Union Turns Down 777X Offer

It could move the jet's production to other states


boeing777 300x217 Boeing Machinists’ Union Turns Down 777X OfferAircraft giant Boeing (BA) has failed to secure a new contract to build its new 777X jets with union workers in Washington state.

On Thursday, the company said that after three days of talks with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union shot down its “best and final” offer. In November, the union rejected an earlier contract proposal that would have guaranteed worker jobs for eight years in exchange for converting traditional pensions into 401(k) retirement plans, the Los Angeles Times notes.

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Boeing has threatened to move production of its new commercial jet outside of Washington if it cannot secure deals for tax incentives from state politicians and union contracts. It says it is currently reviewing offers from 22 other states for sites to build the jet.

Washington officials had already agreed to a deal to keep assembly of the 777X jet in the state. However, if Boeing does not secure an agreement with the union, the company could move production elsewhere.

The loss of 777X assembly could leave a deep mark in the state’s economy, especially around Seattle.

Boeing recently landed multi-billion dollar orders for more than 200 777X jets from Middle Eastern airlines at the Dubai Air Show.

Shares of Boeing rose modestly in Friday morning trading.

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