Though striking machinists at Boeing Co. won higher wages and job protections under a proposed new contract, the aircraft maker says it, too, got a valuable concession: extra time. If ratified by the rank and file on Saturday, the new agreement will be in force for four years, rather than three, guaranteeing extra stability at a time when 787 production is expected to be hitting a peak. Nearly 30,000 strikers could return to work as early as Monday, though it took two weeks for all factories to get up to speed following the last strike, in 2005.

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