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Last Chance for Boeing Machinists To Land 777X Contract

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Machinists at the Boeing Company’s production plants in Washington state will vote tomorrow for a second time on a proposed contract to build what promises to be a popular plane.

It’s the 777X, the latest version of the aircraft preferred by airlines for long flights.

Boeing has promised Washington workers will build this plane, if they give up part of their pension and health benefits.

In November, after workers said no to their first look at an eight year contract extension, Boeing started soliciting bids from 22 states hoping to lure the 777X production to their backyards.

For many Boeing machinists the battle to land the 777X production line is personal and generational.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Carolyn Adolph of KUOW talks to a two-generation Boeing family about the choice ahead.

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