OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee says Boeing machinists' approval of a new contract sought by the company means Washington will remain a global leader in aerospace for years to come.
Speaking late Friday shortly after the results were announced, Inslee said "tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world."
The contract OK'd by union members would concede some pension and health care benefits in order to gain assembly of the company's new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region. The offer fractured the union, with local machinists' officials urging the 30,000 members to oppose the deal.
Inslee acknowledged the issue was difficult for union members, and said he wanted to thank "each machinist, no matter how they voted."
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