This follows the adjournment of a second round of mediated talks between Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which ended without agreement. About 27,000 Boeing workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas have been on strike since September 6.
“In light of the current business environment and global market challenges we face, we had hoped we could find a way to move forward,” said Doug Knight, Boeing vice president of human resources.
“We worked very hard to find solutions and we are extremely disappointed that the talks broke off . We want to resolve this strike so employees can return to work, but we cannot sacrifice our ability to continuously improve productivity and our long-term competitiveness for an agreement. Given current economic conditions, it is now more important than ever that we retain the ability to respond to a dynamic, uncertain environment.”
As at press time, no new talks were scheduled.