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Boeing meets agreement with machinists union

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boeing Co. and its machinists union have reached a tentative contract agreement, which if approved would end a three-week strike that shut down the company's airplane production.

Connie Kelliher, a spokeswoman for Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle, confirmed the agreement Sunday and said details would be released later.

About 18,400 machinists who assemble Boeing's commercial airplanes and some key components walked off the job on Sept. 2, forcing the Chicago-based company to immediately stop its airplane production.

Boeing Chief Financial Officer James Bell had earlier said the strike could result in more than two dozen airplanes not reaching customers this month, although analysts said a strike lasting a month or less would likely not result in serious problems for Boeing.