Boeing workers set to strike

September 6, 2008 10:42:16 AM PDT
Despite a 48-hour contract extension, negotiations between Boeing Co. and Machinists union officials have failed and the union says a strike is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. PDT Saturday.

Boeing spokesman Tim Healy says the company is open to further discussion, but both sides were too far apart to reach agreement.

The Machinists bargain on behalf of about 27,000 workers.

Workers voted this week to reject Boeing's contract and strike, mainly over job security. Both sides agreed to the extension at the request of Gov. Chris Gregoire.