Boeing, Machinists to Return to Bargaining Table

 - October 9, 2008, 5:00 AM

Talks between Boeing and its striking machinists could resume this weekend under the terms of an agreement to return to the bargaining table more than a month after 27,000 members of the International Association of Machinists walked off the job September 6. In a strike update posted yesterday, IAM official Tom Wroblewski announced that throughout the strike union leaders have talked regularly with the mediator and had several conversations with Boeing. Wroblewski and fellow IAM leader Mark Blondin met with Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson to resume official negotiations with the help of federal mediators.

“We hope this meeting marks a major step forward,” said the union in a statement. “The union will continue to do everything possible to bargain a contract that addresses the concerns our members have identified.”