Boeing reaches settlement with union

Sept. 25, 2005 at 8:16 PM
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SEATTLE, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Boeing has reached agreement with the machinists union to put an end to a 23-day strike.

The Seattle Times said machinists got most of what they wanted and the union leadership is recommending ratification.

Rank-and-file members will vote on the contract Thursday.

Mark Blondin, district president of the International Association of Machinists, sealed a tentative agreement late Friday night in Washington D.C., when he shook hands with Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Alan Mulally and said, "We've got a deal."

The union had asked for no wage increases, instead demanding higher pensions and holding down health care costs.

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