Union Rejects Final Offer From Boeing; 777X Future Still Up In The Air

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As the third day of negotiations between Boeing and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers has come to a close, there is no resolution in sight.

Thursday afternoon, union leaders rejected Boeing’s best and final counter-proposal.

According to a release from Boeing, the revised 8-year contract extension would have built on the company’s previous offer with substantial economic improvements. Employees would have received a $15,000 bonus as well as additional dental benefits.

The company would have committed to placing final assembly of the 777X, as well as the fabrication and assembly of the airplane’s composite wing, at a Boeing location in the Puget Sound area.

The rejection means Huntsville and 54 other sites across the country are still in the running to be the new development site for the next generation 777x jetliner.

Huntsville leaders have been pushing hard for the project. Around a dozen sites got pre-approval to submit proposals.  However, several sites may be chosen for different aspects of the operation.

Possibly four or more sites could win some aspect of production from this process.

Boeing officials say a decision could be expected as soon as early 2014.

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