The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted narrowly to accept a contract proposal to build Boeing’s newest jet, the 777X, at Boeing’s plant in Washington State.
The machinists union, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington, was fighting for better benefits and rejected Boeing’s first contract offer in November.
Boeing machinists approved on Friday a contract offer that ensured the company’s latest jetliner is built in Washington state, ending the threat of sending thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity to other locations.
By a vote of 51 percent to 49 percent, the unionized workers who build Boeing planes accepted a deal that eliminates their pensions but guarantees the work on Boeing’s 777X program through 2024.
Boeing has also agreed to fabricate and assemble all of the 777X, including fuselage, final assembly and major components, in Washington state.