Face facts: They hold all the cards
Now, Boeing is negotiating with other states and cities for construction of the 777X. So, what does the letter writer want to talk about? An anachronistic defined benefit retirement program, that has been going the way of the dodo bird in private industry for decades. The last Machinists strike cost Boeing billions in lost revenue and was a major hit to their stellar reputation in the airplane industry. The writer wonders why Boeing doesn't offer the two-tier retirement program to the Machinists? Is she kidding? Reality: It is far more important to focus on jobs (direct and indirect), job security (union and non-union) and Boeing jobs for future generations; not to mention tax income from the areas largest employer. We need Boeing more than they need us.