This story has kind of a different ending compared to what we are seeing today and this may primarily be due to the fact they all know eventually their days are numbered when the contracts for the C-17 are done, so there is an anticipated end date to the plant eventually; however in Chicago Boeing has another potential imagestrike brewing.  BD   

Boeing Employees Striking over Healthcare Benefits – C-17 On Hold

Assembly of Boeing Co.'s C-17 cargo planes resumed in Long Beach on Thursday after a majority of the 1,700 workers who had walked off their jobs agreed to a new labor contract, ending a nearly month long strike at Southern California's last remaining major airplane factory.

Although there will be no pay raise this year, workers will get a $4,000 lump sum payout and a 3% annual raise over the remaining years of the contract. In addition, Boeing is increasing its pension contribution by $2 a month to $81 a month for every year of service.

Also, employees will have to pay only 13% of their medical costs in an HMO plan rather than the 15% contribution the company had sought.

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