A bargaining session has been scheduled Feb. 2 by McDonnell Douglas Corp. and the United Auto Workers' Local 148, which represents about 9,500 workers at the 21,000-employee Long Beach aircraft production plant.
The new talks, the first since early December, prompted the UAW and the International Assn. of Machinists to postpone a joint rally planned for Saturday to devise a common bargaining strategy.
A Jan. 19 meeting, at which UAW leaders had planned to ask members for authorization to strike, also has been postponed, Local 148 President Bob Berghoff said.
The two unions--which represent nearly 15,000 aerospace workers in plants in Long Beach, Torrance and Huntington Beach--have been without a contract since October.