The offer fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from politicians who said the deal was necessary to support the area’s economic future.
“I think that ultimately, if they turn it down, it’s probably a positive for the state of Missouri,” Labor Council President Emeritus Bob Kelley said.
Dennis Muilenburg was the president and chief executive of St. Louis-headquarted Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
Boeing’s machinists union in the Seattle area is now saying that the company withdrew its latest 777X contract offer, leaving union members nothing to vote on.
Boeing announced Thursday that it is shifting hundreds of jobs to Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina as part of a restructuring of its U.S. research operations over the next two years.
The proposal would secure wing fabrication and final assembly work for Machinists in Washington state, the union said in a statement.
Senate Bill 1 unanimously passed out of the House Economic Development Committee 24-0 Thursday afternoon. The House Rules Committee later approved the plan.
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.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is reportedly considering a special session to pass an incentive package.
A memo sent to Boeing workers confirmed suspicions that the company had been looking to move the design work of its 777 to engineers outside its main commercial airplane base in the Seattle area.