Nearly 60 percent of union machinists have voted to accept a new contract proposal from Boeing Co. at the aerospace company’s St. Louis plant.
The voting results, announced today, averted a strike by 2,500 workers.
The union rank-and-file vote goes against union leadership’s recommendation to reject the Boeing proposal. Union leaders had recommended the contract be rejected because it substitutes an enhanced 401K plan for the company’s regular pension plan for workers hired beginning in 2012.
The union and the company had differed on the medical plan the company offered, but Boeing enhanced that offering.
Boeing’s plants in the St. …