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updated: 11/13/2013 10:05 AM

Boeing machinists voting on contract extension

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SEATTLE (AP) -- About 20,000 Boeing machinists in the Puget Sound area are voting Wednesday on an eight-year contract extension the company says it needs to assemble the new 777X in Washington state.

Some members of International Association of Machinists District 751 have called for a no vote, protesting concessions Boeing Co. wants in pension and health benefits. President Tom Wroblewski called it an emotional decision but said union members should consider what's best for their families.

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On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation passed in a special session of the state Legislature giving tax breaks to Boeing as part of the 777X deal. They are valued at $9 billion through 2040.

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