Boeing Co. said it is advancing its effort to pick a site for
production of the new version of its 777 airliner amid a
breakdown in talks with union officials to keep the program in
aerospace giant has "moved on" after the International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) rejected
the last contract offer, Ray Conner, president and chief
executive officer of the companys Boeing Commercial
Airplanes unit, said in a statement.
Boeing is narrowing
proposals from 22 states "down to a handful, from which our
final decision will be made," he said. The selection process,
which covers 54 sites, "will be completed early next year."
didnt disclose the states or the sites, they are widely
reported to include Alabama, California, Missouri, South
Carolina and Utah.
Boeing and the IAM
failed to resolve differences over a proposed contract that
would have assured that final assembly of the 777X and its new
composite wing would take place in the Puget Sound area.
A second round of
negotiations aimed at reaching a new labor agreement through
2024 broke down last week (
amm.com, Dec. 13). While Conner said assertions
from the union that Boeing withdrew its proposal were wrong,
Tom Wroblewski, president of IAM District 751, said in a
message to members that union negotiators were told "there is
no offer" unless they recommended Boeings contract