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Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates covers top industry events to bring you the latest news, highlighting how it impacts Boeing and its competitors.

January 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Long lines in Everett as Machinists cast their vote

Machinists have been standing in line for hours to vote in Everett today, unlike November when the lines moved quickly. With only two volunteers stationed at computers inside the union hall to ensure machinists are eligible to vote, the line has weaved out the door and through the parking lot all afternoon. Those who received their eligibility…

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January 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Some Machinists changing their vote, some standing firm

If Nancy Stapleton is any indication, Boeing has made some inroads with Machinists in its latest contract offer. Stapleton, 60, of Kent, voted “yes” Friday at the Machinists union hall in Renton, after voting “no” to Boeing’s initial offer in November. She said she was encouraged that the company backed away from a proposed change in…

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January 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Nation’s media look at Machinist vote

National media outlets are looking at Friday’s vote by District 751 Machinists through a variety of lenses. Here’s some of the coverage: The Wall Street Journal notes that while Boeing delivered more than 90 of its highly profitable twin-aisle 777s last year, “Production of those current models is expected to be phased out gradually once Boeing…

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January 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Machinists voting in Renton underscore union’s divisions

Machinists slowly trickled in at the Renton union hall early in the cold morning; the flow increased at around 7:30 am during a shift break at the Boeing plant nearby. The tension surrounding the vote was evident: Some machinists openly criticized those who might change their mind to strike a deal with the company. Many refused…

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January 3, 2014 at 6:34 AM

After two tumultuous months, the vote

Today’s vote by District 751 Machinists — the workers who build Boeing’s airplanes around the Puget Sound — is the culmination of two frenetic months of talks, ultimatums, and debates. As its price for a commitment to building the 777X here, Boeing says it wants an extended period of labor peace and some significant concessions in…

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January 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Rewind: Live discussion of Machinist vote

We’re holding a live discussion about the Machinist contract vote. Times reporters will be filing reports intermittently, and we’ll be asking union members to tell us why they voted the way they did. And when the vote tally is announced, we can talk about that too.

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December 27, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Machinists union plans online absentee voting for Boeing 777X contract

District 751 of the Machinists said Friday that union members who’ll be away on vacation during its controversial Jan. 3 contract vote can obtain electronic absentee ballots that will be processed by an outside firm. The absentee voting is a departure from the union’s usual procedures. District 751′s local leadership, which has vocally opposed voting on…

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December 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Machinists will use absentee ballots in crucial 777X vote

Because the contentious Jan. 3 vote on Boeing’s revised contract offer will occur when many members of the Machinists union are expected to be on vacation, the union is departing from its standard procedures and planning to allow absentee ballots. A post on the IAM Local 751 website Monday said the local leadership “got the International…

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December 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Boeing’s 777X short list cuts North Carolina, Pennsylvania

Boeing on Friday started notifying locations around the country of their status in the 777X site selection process, company spokesman Doug Alder said. “We’re appreciative of everyone who has taken part, and our teams continue to evaluate the sites that remain under consideration,” Alder said. “A final decision is expected early next year.” Though Alder said Boeing…

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