SEATTLE (AP) -- The head of The Boeing Co. says the recent 58-day strike by members of the Machinists union illustrates the need to find a better way to resolve differences.
Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney wrote in a message Monday to employees that the length of the strike showed a flawed negotiating process that company and union leaders need to address.
He wrote that "none of us want to go through this again next time around."
Members of the Machinists union, which represents 27,000 Boeing workers in Washington, Oregon and Kansas, voted Saturday to approve a contract that leaders say contains job protections and preserves health benefits.
McNerney also noted that the global economic crisis that emerged after the strike began Sept. 6 puts "particular pressure" on the company to improve productivity.