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Thousands at Boeing Decline Union

July 19, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) _ Thousands of white collar employees at The Boeing Co. have voted not to be represented by a union.

The vote count, announced Thursday, was 13,142 to 2,329 to decline representation, the Machinists union said.

The union had sought to represent 17,195 workers in two pay code classifications, including administrative workers, software developers and technology workers. The workers are scattered throughout the Puget Sound region.

Mark Blondin, president of Machinists District Lodge 751, said the employees had almost no prior exposure to unions.

The Machinists are Boeing’s largest union, representing 27,000 production workers in the Seattle area.

The white-collar workers voted a month ago by mail.

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