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Boeing union rejects concessions, looks elsewhere for plane development

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Boeing union rejects concessions, looks elsewhere for plane development

By The Associated Press. CREATED Nov 14, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) -- Boeing says it is looking elsewhere to develop its popular new 777X airplane, now that machinists in the Puget Sound have rejected a contract offer.

Boeing Co. spokesman Doug Alder declined to specify where the company is looking, saying there are many places both within Boeing's current operations and outside that are being explored.

An aide to Gov. Jay Inslee says he expects fresh competition for the 777X line from places like South Carolina, Texas, southern California, Utah, Alabama and Georgia.

He says the governor's office is hopeful that Boeing and the machinists can come back together in the near future to explore a potential compromise.

In the contract vote late Wednesday, The International Association of Machinists District 751 rejected a deal that would have made concessions on pensions and health care