** FILE ** In this Feb. 19, 2008 file photo from Singapore, a model of a Boeing 737 is seen at the Boeing booth at the exhibition hall of the Singapore Air Show. Boeing Co., the world's second biggest commercial airplane manufacturer, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 said that it earned a better-than-expected $1.2 billion in the first quarter, a 38 percent increase from a year ago as its backlog of orders grew to a new record high. (AP Photo/Maye-E Wong, file)
SEATTLE - Federally mediated negotiations to end a 52-day strike against the Boeing Company resumed today.
Talks at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C., are now in their fifth day.
Connie Kelliher, a spokeswoman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Seattle, and Tim Healy, a Boeing spokesman, confirm that the negotiations resumed today.
Mediators called the two sides to the table Thursday under a news blackout, and neither Boeing nor union officials have said if there's been any progress.
Key issues include job security, wages, retirement benefits and medical coverage in the strike.
IAM represents about 25,000 workers in and around Seattle, 750 in Wichita, Kansas and twice that number in Gresham, Oregon.
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