Machinists, Boeing, Engineer Pact, Gearing Up to Work Again

Factory work resumes after nearly two-month walkout

Monday, Nov 3, 2008  |  Updated 9:22 PM EDT
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Machinists, Boeing, Engineer Pact, Gearing Up to Work Again

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EVERETT, WA - SEPTEMBER 06: Boeing machinist Phon Duangsouvanh mans the picket line outside Boeing's plant September 6, 2008 in Everett, Washington. Around 27,000 machinists are striking from the states of Washington State, Oregon and Kansas as Boeing faces its second major strike in three years. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

Machinists union members have ratified a new contract with Chicago-based Boeing.

That ends an eight-week strike that cut the airplane maker's profits and stalled jetliner deliveries even as world demand was surging.

Workers are expected to return to Boeing's commercial airplane factories starting tonight.

Factories have been closed since the Sept. 6 walkout.

Yesterday's vote by members of the union was about 74 percent in favor of the proposal. It happened five days after the two sides tentatively agreed to the deal and union leaders recommended its approval.

The union represents about 27,000 workers at plants in Washington state, Oregon and Kansas.

A union spokesman says the contract recognizes the need to act with foresight to protect the next generation of aerospace jobs.

A Boeing representative says the company is looking forward to resuming the work of building airplanes for customers.

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