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No end in sight, says longtime Boeing employee

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 6, 2008 at 4:03 pm with No Comments »
September 6, 2008 4:03 pm

Bob Howitz has been through six strikes in his 35 years with The Boeing Co., and the maintenance electronics technician from Auburn was on the line Saturday.

So how does this year’s strike compare?

"This is lovely as far as the weather goes," said Howitz, holding a sign near Boeing’s Auburn plant. "I’m not getting rained on. It’s not 4 in the morning. That’s a plus."

So how does he see this strike going?

"I’d give it a minimum of a month," he said. "They’re pretty far apart, and I don’t see a recognition of, ‘Jesus, we screwed up.’ None of that is coming through anywhere, and it’ll be a while before any of that changes."

Mike Wilson, a 56-year-old electronics calibration technician from Sumner, has a different take on it.

"It’ll last as long as Boeing wants it to last," he said.

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