Boeing Strike: No End in Sight

Machinists face a loss of health coverage after three weeks, but anger over Boeing's power to outsource work may keep the strike going
Boeing machinist Michael Glover mans the picket line outside Boeing's plant Sept. 6, 2008 in Everett, Washington Robert Giroux/Getty Images

As the strike by 27,000 machinists at Boeing (BA) is poised to move into a second week, labor and management seem as far apart as ever. Estimates for how long the impasse will linger range from about three weeks, which would mark the time when health insurance coverage lapses for the strikers, to until a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, when prospects for a lean Christmas begin to weigh heavily on both sides.

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