New Contract Splits Boeing Employees
(AP) -- Washington Governor Jay Inslee is asking Boeing and union representatives to resume negotiations after technical workers rejected a contract offer and voted to authorize a future strike.
But Boeing's engineers did accept a new four-year contract.
Inslee said the vast majority of the state's 131,000 aerospace-related employees are directly reliant on Boeing.
While a strike by the technical workers is not imminent, the vote means the negotiating team can call one at any time.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said the company was pleased with the engineers' vote but "deeply disappointed" in the technical workers' rejection of what he called the company's "best and final" offer.