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Boeing Workers Go on Strike

Almost 2 weeks ago, 27,000 Boeing machinists walked off their jobs when Boeing refused to improve its employee contract offer.

Tom Wroblewski, Boeing’s International union Seattle president, said in a letter in union members that “the strike is on.” And it officially started midnight September 7th, when the 3 year contract expired.

This means no further production on Boeing 737’s, 747’s, 777 planes, and 787 Dreamliner some of us heard about last year will be even further delayed.

Monday the 8th had a bigger showing on the picket lines in Everett, in front of the gates of the Boeing factory.

No further talks between sides are scheduled.

Boeing said its plants will stay open with workers in other unions or non-union employees at work. But the massive Everett and Renton facilities will have to stop production.

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