SEATTLE (AP) _ Boeing says it has made an improved second offer
to the Machinists union.
The company says it improves the wage increase to 9 percent over three years and raises the basic pension benefit.
Boeing also says it's withdrawing some proposals that concerned the union, including a new retirement plan for workers hired after this year and a proposal to negotiate a separate contract for workers in Wichita.
Boeing says it will present its final offer before the Labor Day weekend. Machinists would vote Sept. 3 as the old contract expires.
The union's District Lodge 751 represents about 25,000 Boeing employees in the Seattle area, around 1,800 in Wichita and 800 in
Representatives from Boeing and the union are negotiating at a SeaTac hotel.