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Second vote on Boeing contract bares union rift

Machinists firm but talk of moving production outside Washington state worries leaders

Big money: Washington state, where the 777X is assembled, has promised Boeing US$8.7b in tax breaks if its assembly remains in the state. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[NEW YORK] After Boeing's workers in Washington state voted down an eight-year contract extension in November, Boeing wasted little time in soliciting offers from other states to build its new 777X aircraft. Within weeks, 22 states made proposals to Boeing, with some offering billions of dollars