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May 24, 2011
Boeing's CEO on Machinists: ‘We're trying to hit the restart button'
Source: Herald Net
By: Michelle Dunlop

The Boeing Co.'s chief executive said he's hopeful about contract talks next year with the company's Machinists union here in the Puget Sound region.

“We're trying to hit the restart button and see if we can get there,” McNerney said of negotiations, during the company's investor conference Tuesday.

That's despite a looming complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB alleges that Boeing illegally retaliated against the Machinists for strikes when the company selected South Carolina for its second 787 production line.

After the two sides failed to reach an agreement in 2008, the Machinists struck for 58 days. The next year, Boeing picked North Charleston for its second line.

The Machinists' contract expires next year.

“I think we're going to try to get an agreement, a fair agreement,” McNerney said.

“We are not going to try to squeeze the union to death, I hope they don't try to do the same to us.”

 

 


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