Boeing engineers in Wichita overwhelmingly approved a new contract offer on Wednesday. The vote came two days after Seattle engineers ratified a similar proposal.
Wichita members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace approved the pact by a 92 percent margin. Unlike Seattle workers, they also voted by a margin of 57 percent to authorize a strike vote in the event contract approval failed. Union leaders had urged that authorization as a means of showing solidarity.
The contract is for three years. It guarantees raises of four percent each year. The average engineer making $70,000 would get a raise of nearly $10,000 over the life of the contract.