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Boeing workers approve 4-year contract extension

Boeing Machinists approve 4-year contract extension, agree to drop federal labor complaint By The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) ' Unionized Boeing Machinists have voted overwhelmingly to approve a four-year contract extension, granting the company a long stretch of labor peace and likely ending a federal complaint that had become a hot topic for Republican presidential candidates.

Union officials announced Wednesday night that 74 percent of voting members approved the deal.

The union represents 28,000 workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas.

Boeing promised that if workers approved the deal, the company would build the new version of the popular 737 in the Puget Sound region, while the Machinists said they'd drop their allegations that Boeing opened a nonunion assembly plant in South Carolina in retaliation for previous strike.

Machinists went on strike in 2005 and 2008. The latter strike helped delay delivery of Boeing's first 787, costing the company dearly.

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