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    Vol. 69/No. 38           October 3, 2005 
Big business worried
about Boeing in strike
Boeing strikers and supporters rally September 16 outside a company office building in Seattle. The 18,400 members of the International Association of Machinists at Boeing, the world’s largest airplane manufacturer, walked out September 2, rejecting the company’s demands to eliminate retiree medical benefits for new workers, increase medical co-pays, and reduce jobs and wages in some of its facilities. In a September 26 editorial Business Week puzzled over the decision of the aerospace giant to press ahead with its concession demands. “The shutdown is costing much more than it would to meet the machinists’ demands,” the article noted. “What’s really driving Boeing remains a mystery.”
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