The verdict is still out on who exactly won the Boeing Machinists strike of 2008, but it has nonetheless given a shot in the arm to a weakening organized labor movement in America.
“This is not a case where the union caved, even in these times with this type of job market and national pressure,” said Philip Dine, an expert on labor relations and author of “State of the Unions.” “This strike showed that labor can still hold its own.”
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ratified a new four-year contract Saturday that they say gives them improved job security language — a key issue that kept members on the picket line for eight weeks.
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