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.