Boeing airplane chief urges union to consider new contract

Reuters

NEW YORK, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Boeing Co CommercialAirplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner on Friday urged machinistunion members to consider a new labor contract that would helpensure Boeing builds its newest jet in the Seattle area.

The letter, handed out on the factory floor on Friday,warned that Boeing's major "competitor wants to take more than60 percent of the market," referring to Airbus.

Boeing said Friday that without the labor deal and a set oftax breaks and other legislative measures, it will considerbuilding the jet elsewhere.

"I urge you to take the time to fully understand thisproposal, and to talk with your family to determinehow this affects our future," Conner wrote.

Union members rallied on Friday and Thursday night againstthe proposed labor deal, which many members said contained toomany take-aways.

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