Boeing Machinists End Strike

Union members ratify pact; work to resume after 8 weeks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 1, 2008 11:07 PM CDT
Boeing Machinist union member Dianna Loggins of Kent, Wash., count ballots after the union voted.   (STEPHEN BRASHEAR)
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(Newser) – The Boeing strike is over. Machinists in three states overwhelmingly ratified a union contract to end an eight-week strike that cut the airplane maker's profits and stalled jetliner deliveries. The union says the contract protects more than 5,000 factory jobs, prevents the outsourcing of certain positions, and preserves health care benefits. It also promises a 15% pay raise over four years.