‘Polar Vortex’ Plunges Midwest, Northeast into Record Deep Freeze

‘Polar Vortex’ Plunges Midwest, Northeast into Record Deep Freeze
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Temperatures drop to as low as 70 degrees below zero when wind chill is factored in

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Waves crash against the sea wall near high tide in Scituate, Mass., Jan. 3, 2014.

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Machinists say yes, secure 777X for Everett
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Originally published January 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM | Page modified January 3, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Members of the Machinists union Friday accepted Boeing’s contract proposal by a slim 51 percent, sealing a cliffhanger ending to a tense chapter in the history of their union, their industry and their region.

The deal passed despite a strident Vote No campaign led by the union’s local leadership. As the result was announced inside the hall a handful of men and women representing militant veterans cried openly.

The outcome means Boeing will build the 777X jetliner in Everett and its wings will be fabricated nearby by Boeing machinists.

Approval by union members also means the company abruptly terminates its wooing of other states to compete for the work.

Boeing is assured of labor peace for the next decade, and its most experienced workers will build the widebody jet it needs to fight off a challenge from Airbus.

The region’s economy is assured of high employment at Boeing for a decade to come, and likely more.

The 32,000 members of its blue-collar union, however, will give up some hard-won benefits, including the traditional pension.

With the vote, they qualify at once for a $ 10,000 bonus.

For both the Boeing employees and those at firms fueled by Boeing spending — from aerospace suppliers to restaura…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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