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Machinists at 3 Boeing defense plants ratify new contract

ST. LOUIS — Workers in three Boeing factories in the Midwest have a new contract, and Boeing is averting the threat of a strike.

Nearly 2,500 workers at the plants make military planes and other defense products. They voted Wednesday to ratify a contract that will boost pay an average of 14% over three years and improve retirement benefits.

Less than two weeks ago, the same workers overwhelmingly rejected a Boeing contract offer and threatened to go on strike. A spokesman for Boeing says the company is pleased with the outcome.

The new contract covers workers at Boeing plants in Missouri and Illinois.

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