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Boeing, Machinists Reach Deal

May 31, 2001

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Negotiators for Boeing Co. and the Machinists union reached a tentative agreement early Thursday, possibly averting a strike.

The agreement was reached about 1:30 a.m. The union requested that no details be released until officials talked to members Thursday, said Boeing spokeswoman Jo Anne Davis.

The 3,200 members of International Association of Machinists District 837 are to vote Sunday on the contract proposal. If they reject it, a strike could begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

The strike would involve only Machinists at the St. Louis military division, but could hurt Boeing’s chance of winning the $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter program, to be awarded by the Pentagon in October. Seattle-based Boeing and Lockheed Martin are the finalists.

Workers rejected a proposal May 20 saying the salaries and pensions offered fell short of those at other Boeing plants. That contract called for a 3 percent raise this year and 3 percent bonuses in the next two years. It also increased monthly pensions to $50 from $41 for each year of service.

A strike would be the union’s second in five years.

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