Machinists Ratify Boeing Pact, Set to Resume Work

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SEATTLE (AP) _ Factories at Boeing Co. are due to start humming
again after Machinists union members voted to end a costly
eight-week strike that clipped profits and stalled deliveries by
the world's No. 2 commercial airplane maker.

Workers are expected to return tonight to Boeing's commercial
airplane factories, which have been closed since the Sept. 6
walkout. The strike cost an estimated $100 million a day in
deferred revenue and production delays on the company's highly
anticipated next-generation passenger jet.

Machinists union members ended their walkout on yesterday by
ratifying a new contract with Boeing.

Members of the union, which represents about 27,000 workers at
plants in Washington state, Oregon and Kansas, voted about 74
percent in favor of the proposal five days after the two sides
tentatively agreed to the deal and union leaders recommended its

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