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Strike Could Affect Boeing’s Future In Washington State

Boeing and its striking machinists have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

Despite the good news, some industry analysts are predicting strong unions and frequent strikes could prompt Boeing to move production outside Washington State.  KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

Boeing spokesman Tim Healy says it’s premature to talk about the company’s exit from the state.  But he says Boeing is serious about finding ways to avoid future strikes.

Tim Healy: “Nobody wins in a strike like this. And certainly it hurts Boeing’s reputation as a reliable supplier to customers. So that’s something we’re going to have to address.”

The current machinists strike has shut down production for 53 days so far. Some analysts estimate that’s cost the company about $2 billion.

The tentative settlement appears likely to end the strike.  Union officials have unanimously recommended the machinists approve the offer.

The four-year contract would provide a 15 percent wage increase and greater job security.

The union is expected to vote on the new contract within 5 days.

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