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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 8:31 am

Missouri didn’t land the Boeing project for the production of the 777X aircraft because workers for the company in Seattle agreed to a new contract that the company wanted to keep the work there. There are people who will be heard to say that Boeing never intended to move the work and the other states that made efforts and offered packages of incentives to get the company were a waste of time. In other words, it all was done to get a better contract in their minds. We believe Boeing was serious in seeking proposals from other states and had not the union at Seattle approved a new contract that lessened pension and other benefits for workers, the work would have gone elsewhere.

Gov. Jay Nixon put together an attractive proposal with the cooperation of members of the General Assembly. One of the most attractive incentives in the proposal was that unions in St. Louis agreed on a 24-hour work program without overtime to build the facility for the production of the 777X. That was a tremendous incentive.

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