SEATTLE (AP) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling on the Machinists union to have members vote on a contract proposal from Boeing Co. Inslee said in a statement Friday that union membership gives each worker a say in his or her future. Local leaders of the Machinists union say they don't see any point of voting on Boeing's latest proposal because it's too similar to a contract the union rejected a month ago.
Boeing has made some changes to the contract offer that the Machinists rejected last month but it still would move workers from a traditional defined-benefit pension to a defined-contribution savings plan. A deal would secure the production of the new 777X airplane in the Puget Sound and the thousands of jobs that come with it.