Boeing, Machinists disagree on how talks collapsed

SEATTLE - Boeing and Puget Sound-area machinists locked in a labor dispute can't even agree on how their latest contract talks came to an end.

Local machinists spokesman Bryan Corliss said Friday that the company withdrew its latest contract offer after union leaders told Boeing Co. they could not recommend the contract to members. A Boeing spokesman says while negotiations have stalled, the contract offer is still on the table and in the union's hands.

The two sides have had a tumultuous month, with the rejection of a contract in November and a restart of talks Tuesday that fell apart Thursday.

Both sides have been exploring a deal that would secure the production of the new 777X airplane in the Puget Sound and the thousands of jobs that come with it. Boeing is seeking to replace workers' traditional defined-benefit pension with a defined-contribution savings plan. The machinists said the company's latest proposal was too high of a price.