Boeing, Machinists Ready To Resume Talks

The Machinists union says negotiations to end a 45-day strike by Boeing Co. production workers will resume Thursday. More than 700 Wichita machinists have been off the job since early September.

A statement issued by Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle says the talks will be held with a federal mediator in Washington, D.C.

The union posted this statement on its website;
"We hope this marks a major step forward to resolve this strike. The Union will continue to do everything possible to bargain a contract that addresses the concerns our members have identified."

Boeing spokesman Forrest Gossett confirmed the resumption of the contract negotiations.

The union represents about 750 workers in Wichita. They say they are ready to stay on the picket line as long as it takes to get a fair contract.
"A week ago it broke down after two days so right now, like I said, cautiously optimistic is the way I look at it," said striking machinist John Lowe.

The union representing 27,000 electricians, mechanics, painters and other hourly workers went on strike Sept. 6. Key issues include job security, pay, retirement benefits and medical care.


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