Boeing union leader criticizes proposal

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SEATTLE — The leader of Boeing Co. machinists has told hundreds of union workers he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet is built in the Puget Sound area.

The Seattle Times reports that Machinists District 751 President Tom Wroblewski (Row-BLESS-key) told a Thursday night meeting in Seattle that the proposal was, in his words, “a piece of crap,” and said he would see if it could be withdrawn. The vote is supposed to happen next Wednesday.

A man who answered the phone at Machinists union headquarters said Wroblewski was not immediately available to discuss the reported comments with the Associated Press.

In a statement, Boeing said, “We chose to engage in Puget Sound first, but without full acceptance by the union and Legislature, we will be left with no choice” but to pursue other options.

State lawmakers gathered Thursday in Olympia to consider a package of incentives for Boeing, all designed to keep key manufacturing work on the new plane in Washington state.

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