Boeing, Striking Machinists Resume Negotiations in DC

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SEATTLE (AP) _ Boeing and the Machinists union resume negotiations Thursday in Washington, D.C., under the added pressure that the strike is costing everyone money.

Boeing says the strike delayed delivery of 35 planes in the third quarter as profits dropped 38 percent.

The strike that began Sept. 6 has shut down production and idled 27,000 workers. About 25,000 are in the Puget Sound area and the rest are in the Portland area and Wichita.

Boeing CEO James McNerney says he's optimistic about the talks that are resuming at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

But Machinists union President Tom Buffenbarger says he's not optimistic about a quick settlement, unless McNerney is at the table.