Erika Johnsen
This is just plain egregious. From Christopher Corson, General Counsel for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, on HuffPo Business:

“For many years, Boeing employees in the State of Washington have worked through their union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, to improve their work lives at the company -- all while helping Boeing prosper by building the best commercial airliners in the world. Equally undisputed is that such activity was protected by law. So when Boeing itself announced that legally protected activities of its workers were the principal reason for moving a substantial portion of the company's 787 Dreamliner assembly to South Carolina, the company committed unlawful retaliation. The case is that simple.”

The case is indeed a simple one, so it is dumbfounding that Mr. Corson and other Big Labor freebooters could turn it into such a crooked, preposterous, relentlessly profiteering ploy.

Every few years, it seems, Boeing has had to cope with the strike-happy unionized machinists ‘negotiating’ for things like cost-of-living raises, signing bonuses, and expanded benefits and pension plans. These work stoppages are difficult for any company that manufactures expensive capital goods, and Boeing inevitably must give in to the unions’ unilateral corporate piracy and escalate its workers’ wages.

So, with a backlog of orders for its Dreamliner 787 in hand, the Boeing management’s thought process back in 2009 probably went something like this: “We want to build a new assembly line. If we build it in our traditional home of Washington state, we are likely to have to deal with strikes at some point, which will damage Boeing’s financial health. But, because of America’s wonderful system of federalism, we could build this new assembly line in a different state like, say, South Carolina (a right-to-work state). There, we can operate more efficiently, profitably, and productively.”

Just to be clear, Boeing is not shutting down any of its plants in Washington State – in fact, Boeing has hired another 2,000 workers in the Puget Sound area since that time, more than twice as many than there would be employed in the South Carolina facility.


Erika Johnsen

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