|By John Gillie, The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
If the two sides can agree on a new deal,
"We tried to craft a proposal that would meet the needs of our members, while also ensuring the long-term success of
Wroblewski said he expects
The new offer came on the second day of meetings between the union and
Wroblewski described the tone of Wednesday's talks as "respectful and constructive," but said the two sides are not close to an agreement.
"Our members want
"A business analyst might call our Machinists the high-skill, low-risk solution to
Wednesday's meeting came a day after other states submitted bids to lure
Unlike the last time the union and
"'Our membership wants to build this airplane and we believe
Union sources said that if the two sides can reach a tentative agreement, members may vote on the deal before Christmas.
The 777X is the updated version of
That proposal was presented to members without a recommendation from the union's leadership. The deal triggered a strong negative reaction among union members.
After the union rejected the deal,
While some states such as
Union activists said after the contract rejection that Everett remained the best place to build the new plane. Several aerospace analysts agreed that the existing plant with its skilled workforce that assembles the present 777 and with its network of nearby suppliers and transportation infrastructure would be the least risky place to build the updated plane and its new composite wings.
Five locations where
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