SEATTLE (AP) -- A Boeing Co. spokesman says the shutdown of aircraft manufacturing operations because of a strike has gone well.
Tim Healy of Boeing says there have been no reports of incidents or problems since the Machinists union walkout began Saturday morning. In fact, he says the strikers helped to assure an orderly shutdown by putting things in order before they left the workplace.
Healy and Connie Kelliher of the Machinists union say both sides are ready to resume negotiations at any time but no talks have been scheduled.
The union represents about 27,000 electricians, painters, mechanics, riveters and other production workers -- 25,000 in the greater Seattle area, 1,500 in Gresham, Ore., and 750 in Wichita, Kan.