Times Staff and Wire Reports

Leaders of Boeing Co.'s biggest union said they recommended that their 34,000 machinist members reject the aerospace giant's latest three-year contract offer and strike Friday. . . . Lotus Development Corp. said it signed up 11 telecommunications carriers in the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim to make its Lotus Notes software a global standard for network computing. . . . Houston Industries Inc. and Central & South West Corp. raised their offer to $2.8 billion in the battle for the cash-rich British utility Norweb.

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