Boeing offered its largest union a guarantee of 20,000 union jobs at its Washington facilities at prevailing wages for the duration of the 777 lifetime, estimated to be 15-20 years. In exchange for keeping the plant and jobs in Washington state, Boeing asked union workers to enter into a 401k-type pension plan and contribute more to health care.
On Wednesday the machinists' union in Washington state voted to reject Boeing's offer, and Boeing is now looking at other locations to build the 777 airplane. The other locations include Long Beach, CA; South Carolina, and using contractors in Japan.
This would end production of Boeing aircraft in Washington. Boeing already builds its 787 jet in South Carolina, which was its first large step away from its traditional manufacturing facilities in Seattle. The union claimed that Boeing moved the 787 from Washington as a union-breaking ploy, and asked the National Labor Relations Board to intervene. In the end the NRLB allowed the move to South Carolina, and those workers in Washington State lost their jobs forever.
History is repeating itself; so far the union has not learned from its past mistakes. Personally, I'm all for the move to Long Beach; it's about time that CA was considered for new heavy industry.