(KMOV) -- Boeing machinists are set to strike. They shot down the company's final contract offer on Sunday night, which means they could be heading for the picket line as early as next week.
The vote to reject the contract was 1,548 to 532.
During a two hour meeting at the St. Charles Family Arena, the 2,500 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers cheered after it was announced that the membership had rejected the contract.
Boeing's four and a half year proposal would have raised salaries and even sweetened pension benefits for those already employed, but machinists are looking out for future workers.
Boeing wants to eliminate pensions for new union employees and replace them with a 401-k.
Among other contract concerns – medical benefits like dependents' health care and prescription drug plans.
Boeing issued a statement, expressing disappointment, saying, “The fair and equitable contract we put forward recognizes the contributions made by our union employees in terms of enhanced salary, benefits and pension."
The next step, is a seven-day cooling off period, when the union president can send a letter to Boeing alerting the company that workers will strike at midnight on the seventh day after receipt of that letter.
The strike could start as early as the June 23, but the union is asking Boeing to come back to the bargaining table.
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