Labor

Union May Vote on Boeing Contract in Seattle

Despite leaders' opposition

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A machinists union is exploring the possibility of letting its members in the Puget Sound vote on a proposed contract from Boeing Co., even after local union leaders said they couldn't recommend it to their members.

International Association of Machinists spokesman Frank Larkin said the union has been hearing from hundreds of members demanding an opportunity to vote on the contract to secure work on the 777X airplane.

"The logistics of a vote are under consideration right now," Larkin said.

A latest round of contract talks collapsed Thursday after local officials with the Machinists said they could not recommend Boeing's latest proposal to members. Local Machinists spokesman Bryan Corliss says Boeing has withdrawn the contract offer.