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Boeing machinists voting on contract tied to 777X

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SEATTLE — Boeing machinists will decide Friday whether to accept a contract that would concede some pension and health care benefits in order secure assembly of the company’s new 777X airplane in Washington state.

The offer has fractured the union and drawn unusual pleas from politicians who say the deal is necessary to support the Puget Sound region’s economic future. Boeing has been exploring the prospect of building the 777X elsewhere, a move that could trigger a steady exodus of aerospace jobs from a region where Boeing was founded.

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