Boeing's aircraft assembly lines could be back in operation as early as Friday after the company and striking workers represented by the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract covering approximately 19,000 employees in the Seattle area, Wichita and Portland, Ore. Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Alan Mulally took a personal hand in negotiating an end to the walkout, which began Sept. 2. A vote is set for Thursday. ...

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