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Boeing and Union Reach Tentative Deal

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Chicago-based Boeing has reached a tentative labor agreement with its machinists union. Laborers at Boeing plants in Washington, Oregon and Kansas have been on strike for nearly two months.

The walk-out shut down the company’s commercial airplane operations and cost Boeing hundreds of millions of dollars. The new, four-year contract promises union members a 15-percent pay increase. And, according to the union, creates greater job security.

Union leadership is recommending its 27,000 members approve the deal; a vote will take place within the next week. Boeing, in a statement, calls it a quote “outstanding” offer that rewards employees and preserves the company’s ability to compete.

I’m Adriene Hill, Chicago Public Radio.

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