Citing health concerns, Tom Wroblewski, the president of Puget Sound-area Boeing machinists, has announced that he will retire at the end of this month.

Wroblewski made the announcement to the union's District Council Tuesday night. He says the stress of the past three months has put him in the hospital twice since Dec. 27.

Boeing employes about 1,200 workers in its Gresham plant.

On Jan. 3, Boeing machinists narrowly approved a contract in which they conceded some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane in Washington state. The same machinists rejected a Boeing proposal in November. Wroblewski had argued against a second vote, saying the offers were too similar. National Machinists union leaders pushed for the second vote.

The experience changed my perspective on work-life balance, Wroblewski said. Your job should not destroy your health.

Wroblewski, 59, has served as District 751's president since March 2007. His last day will be Jan. 31.

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