Washington St. Machinist Union to vote on Boeing 777-X proposal

WASHINGTON (WCSC) - - A Machinist Union in Washington State will have a vote Friday that will give the Lowcountry a much clearer picture on where the new Boeing 777-X will be built.

Union workers at the Boeing plant in Washington State will vote on a proposal to build the new 777-X. If approved, it would take North Charleston out of the running to get the work.

The union previously voted down a proposal from Boeing, and it appears the head of the union wants this one to be to voted down as well.

The president of the Machinist Union has called the proposal a "bad deal," saying it does little in its promise for job security.

In a recent post on the union's blog, the union president stated that some parts of the proposal would destroy union retirement benefits, raise health care costs, and limit wage growth.

If the proposal is denied in Washington Friday, Boeing says it will look elsewhere for a place to build the 777-X, including the Boeing plant in North Charleston.

Boeing is reportedly looking at offers from 20 states. The contract is expected to create 10,000 jobs.

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