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Boeing Defense Workers Reject Contract, Plan to Strike Aug. 1

  • Machinists union represents about 2,500 members near St. Louis
  • Boeing said it’s disappointed union voted to reject offer
A Boeing Co. McDonnell Douglas F-18 fighter jet.

A Boeing Co. McDonnell Douglas F-18 fighter jet.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe

Nearly 2,500 members of a union that represents three Boeing Co. defense locations in the St. Louis area voted to reject the company’s contract offer and plan to strike starting Aug. 1.

“We cannot accept a contract that is not fair and equitable, as this company continues to make billions of dollars each year off the backs of our hardworking members,” the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 837 said in a statement on its website Sunday. The union said the company “previously took away a pension from our members” and isn’t compensating their 401(k) plans adequately.