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Boeing machinists voting on contract extension

Gov. Jay Inslee is flanked by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Connor (left) Machinists Union head Tom Wroblewski (right) and other elected and business leaders as he signs several tax break measures into law at Seattle's Museum of Flight Monday. (KIRO Radio/Chris Sullivan)

SEATTLE (AP) - About 20,000 Boeing machinists in the Puget Sound area are voting Wednesday on an eight-year contract extension the company says it needs to assemble the new 777x in Washington.

Some members of International Association of Machinists District 751 have called for a no vote, protesting concessions Boeing wants in pension and health benefits. President Tom Wroblewski called it an emotional decision but said union members should consider what's best for their families.

On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation passed in a special session of the Washington Legislature giving tax breaks to Boeing as part of the 777x deal. They are valued at $9 billion through 2040.

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