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IAM strike bigs to blame NLRB

Union leaders say striking Boeing workers should apply for unemployment compensation but concede they have little chance of collecting. The Machinists union strike has shut down Boeing's aircraft assembly plants since Sept. 6. The union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint, accusing Boeing of improperly questioning workers about parts of a contract proposal. Boeing also is accused of giving the union misleading information.

If the National Labor Relations Board upholds that complaint, union leaders say there's a "slim" chance that members who have filed for jobless pay might be able to collect. A union spokeswoman, says the claims will likely be denied at first, but a favorable NLRB ruling could change that on appeal.


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