Boeing Machinists Reject Offer

By: AP
By: AP

SEATTLE (AP) _ Boeing officials say they're disappointed by the machinists union leadership's call for a strike.

Union officials say the strike recommendation was not something they took lightly. The union covers more than 27,000 Boeing workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas.

Tom Wroblewski is district president of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 751.

He says Boeing's offer fell short in terms of job security, wages and medical coverage, among other areas.

Wroblewski says the union is willing to continue bargaining and would welcome the involvement of a federal mediator.

Boeing presented its third and final contract proposal Thursday, calling for an 11 percent raise and 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment.

The sides have been negotiating over a new three-year contract since May 9th and round-the-clock talks began August 21st at a Seattle airport.

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