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Ahead of the Bell: Boeing

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing Co. has dodged one bit of labor trouble that could have complicated its efforts to get its 787 flying again.

Boeing engineers voted late Tuesday to accept a Boeing contract offer. The deal defuses a showdown that could have lead to a strike by some 15,000 engineers, who work on airplane design and solve technical issues on the factory floor at Boeing.

A group of 7,400 technical workers, also represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, rejected a Boeing offer and voted to authorize a strike. However, both sides said they expect discussions to continue.

Boeing has delivered 50 of its new flagship 787s so far, but they are all grounded while it tries to get to the bottom of battery problems that caused an on-board fire in Boston and forced an emergency landing in Japan. Hundreds of Boeing workers, including SPEEA members, have been part of that effort.

Boeing shares rose $1.19 to $75.84 in premarket trading on Wednesday.

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