SEATTLE — The early ballots have arrived at the IAM 751 meeting halls near Boeing Field. Roughly fifty ballot counters are separating and counting ballots. Blue ballots represent votes supporting or rejecting the contract, red ballots represent strike votes. Counting of the approximately 25,000 ballots is expected to take several hours.
Cheers were heard earlier coming from another counting room; observers speculated that these signified early returns from IAM sites in Oregon and Kansas.