12/7/2011--Seattle, WA, USA..Boeing Co.’s Machinists arrive and collect their ballots at a Seattle union hall to vote on the latest contract from the company. ..Boeing Co.’s Machinists union is voting on a landmark contract today that may thaw decades of hostility with the planemaker’s management while helping boost jet production to records...The surprise proposal unveiled last week to about 31,000 workers, mostly in the Seattle area, would extend the current agreement by four years. That would keep Boeing strike-free through 2016, after four Machinist walkouts since 1989 delayed hundreds of deliveries and cost the company billions...If workers ratify the contract, Boeing will build its planned 737 upgrade at the current factory near Seattle, while the union will seek to retract a National Labor Relations Board complaint over a new 787 Dreamliner factory in South Carolina. The NLRB case had been denounced by congressional Republicans...©2011 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.