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Boeing Deal Good News for Local Economy

Thursday, December 01, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Boeing Deal Good News for Local Economy
Michelle Dunlop

As they trickled into the local union hall Wednesday, Boeing Co. Machinists had one thing on their minds: a tentative deal between the union and the company that removes concern over labor strife and solidifies the fate of the 737 in the state.

The deal hinges on a Dec. 7 vote by Machinists, who need to ratify a four-year extension to their contract to keep the 737 MAX work here.

"The Boeing Co.'s commitment to work here in the state of Washington and in the Puget Sound region is big," said Rod Sigvartson, who works with Boeing and the Machinists' joint programs. "It's a pretty tough (contract) to just say no to. The last thing we want to do is go to contract negotiations and travel down the same roads we had to in the past."

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