A union spokeswoman says Chicago-based Boeing and its Machinists union have reached a tentative contract agreement. If the agreement is approved it would end a three-week strike that shut down the company's airplane production. Connie Kelliher is a spokeswoman for Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle. She confirmed the agreement Sunday. About 18,400 Machinists who assemble Boeing's commercial airplanes and some key components walked off the job on September second. The move forced Boeing to immediately stop its airplane production.
Early contract talks had been troubled by disputes over health premiums and other issues. The workers represented currently receive an average of $59,000 a year.