Around 23,000 members of the Speea engineers and technical workers union who work at Boeing (BA)...

Around 23,000 members of the Speea engineers and technical workers union who work at Boeing (BA) are due to finish voting today on whether to accept the company's latest contract offer and whether to authorize strike action. Speea has recommended that members reject Boeing's proposal, although the union would be unlikely to call a strike before next month if it receives approval to do so.

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    Idiots...if they strike. Charleston SC, here we come (if the US is lucky). More likely, China, here we come. The arrogance of American "workers" is a sight to no one else can build airplanes? Really?
    19 Feb 2013, 01:25 PM Reply Like
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    The point of the Union's recommendation is to allow for the continuation of a solid labor force here in the Northwest. Boeing's intransigence on the issue of the Defined Benefit Pension v. the "enhanced" 401-K plan for new-hires demonstrates that Chicago's mindset is laser focused on painting an artificially rosy EBITDA picture. Creation of a two-tiered system has been tacitly acknowledged by Chicago as the first step in a larger plan to completely do away with one of the most financially important benefits that Boeing Engineers, Technicians and Machinists currently enjoy. Shifting the burden of retirement savings onto the back of the worker is a fine example of the disconnect between Boeing's current management and the people called upon to fix short-sighted mistakes like 787 outsourcing. South Carolina will not replace Everett, Renton (home of the production line of the 737 series) or our Military and Space systems engineering, nor will China. The only danger to Boeing's bottom line and it's current market share is if the Executive Series managers continue to value short-term calls over long-term employee loyalty. Boeing needs to get back to the table and show the world that it is ready to do whatever it takes to get the 787 fleet flying again and continue to lead the Aerospace world by attracting, hiring and keeping long-term employees.
    19 Feb 2013, 11:11 PM Reply Like
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    Indeed, point is that "attracting, hiring, and keeping long-term employees" can be done around the world now. It is no longer the insular little world of Seattle. The 787 outsourcing, as difficult as it has been...will be seen as the first step. "Shifting the burden of retirement savings onto the back of the worker"? Oh you poor your eyes; few major companies still offer that anachronistic approach to retirement planning. The world has changed and, just as companies that don't change with it can fail, so can labor.
    20 Feb 2013, 12:27 PM Reply Like
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