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Originally published October 29, 2009 at 6:57 PM | Page modified October 29, 2009 at 9:16 PM

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A gap that couldn't be bridged

What Boeing wanted

Though the union claims Boeing never came forward with firm proposals, company negotiator Doug Kight says Boeing "made clear what we wanted."

Kight's account of what it would have taken for management to recommend Everett to the Boeing board:

No strikes: At least 10 years of labor stability beyond the end of the current contract, meaning through 2022.

Economic package: General wage increases of less than 2 percent per year; a pension increase of about 2 percent per year; employees to share costs of health-care increases; institute incentive plan based on productivity.

What the union offered

The union made an offer to Boeing last Wednesday. Negotiator Rich Michalski said it was not final, and the union was ready to make further concessions, but Boeing never responded.

His account of that proposal:

No strikes: Eight years of labor stability beyond the end of the current contract, meaning through 2020.

Economic package: A $5,000 signing bonus this year; general wage increases of about 3 percent each year, but with a $5,000 lump sum instead of a percentage increase in 2013 and 2016; a pension increase of about 2.5 percent per year; employees to share costs of health-care increases; institute incentive plan.

Future work: Guarantees that work on future aircraft programs would be placed in the Puget Sound region.

Union neutrality: A company commitment not to take sides in union organizing or decertification drives.

Source: Boeing and the Machinists union

Research by Dominic Gates

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