Assembly workers for Boeing, the Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer, have walked off the job after failing to reach agreement on a new work contract. The 27,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers declared the strike after two days of negotiations.
One union member said they were prepared to strike for months if Boeing management did not agree to their demands.
Among other things, the machinists are asking for a 13 per cent wage rise, something they say Boeing can well afford with a record 275 billion dollars- worth of orders on its books.
Analysts say Boeing could weather a short work stoppage. But the machinists strike means there will be no further production of its planes, and the already delayed 787 Dreamliner will fall even further behind schedule.