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Machinists counter Boeing's strike concerns

The Machinists union say suggestions by Boeing that its decision to build a new 787 assembly line in South Carolina are based on concerns about future strikes by the union are false.

“Corporate decisions like this are years in the making, and this one is no different,” Machinists international president Tom Buffenbarger said in a statement. “Until the last minute, executives feign indecision in an effort to dodge responsibility and to squeeze the last drops of goodwill out of a community that is losing a part of its legacy, and more important, its employment base.”

According to the Seattle P-I, the union offered Boeing a 10-year, no strike-deal and was willing to discuss a longer-term agreement to get Boeing to commit to putting the second line in Everett, Wash.