Grounding A High-Flying Giant

High-Flying Giant Boeing's machinists demand a bigger piece of its prosperity

Bundled against the late-night chill, placard-carrying pickets took up their posts last week at plant gates all around Seattle. Suddenly, the world's busiest producer of commercial aircraft was crippled. The strike at Boeing by more than 57,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers brought new-plane production to a virtual halt at the company's main manufacturing plants in the Seattle area, where 43,000 of the machinists work, and at other factories in Portland, Ore., and Wichita.

The first strike against Boeing in twelve years, the walkout came after a federal mediator failed to bring labor and management together...

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