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Local Machinists Union Head Denies Claims of Not Working With Boeing

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The president of a St. Louis machinists union is meeting with Boeing executives this morning, amidst reports that he had said the company should build its 777X aircraft in Washington State.

In a statement given to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Gordon King, president of the International Association of Machinists District 837, said his members are “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing Company to discuss the details of a contract for work on the 777X Aircraft here in St. Louis.”

An NPR station in Seattle quoted King in an article this morning, saying that reports that his local would soundly accept a contract like the one the Seattle union rejected are absolutely false.

He told the station he wouldn’t even present the contract to his members. King also can be heard flatly denying claims that he has talked to Gov. Jay Nixon about the contract.

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