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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Boeing Staff Settle

SEATTLE -- Machinists union members at the Boeing Co. approved a three-year contract that union leaders called the best in the business.

The pact won 86 percent approval, officials announced Wednesday night.

The Machinists have struck over two of the last three contracts, most recently for 69 days in 1995. Boeing's plans to deliver a record 620 commercial planes this year, but a fierce rivalry with Airbus Industrie has prompted an intensive effort to streamline operations.