Moving, one division at a time

The new contract offered to union Boeing workers is obviously a very thin veil of intent to move the company, division at a time, to a “Right to Work for what the Corporation is Willing to give us State.”

In other words, a non-union state.

2012 executive compensation was increased from 2011, mainly due to the excellent work accomplished by both salaried and hourly union personnel, by whopping 54.44 percent! This is only part of the pay increases — the main executives not counting probably 100 or so “junior executives.” The poor decisions of the executives, especially in the design and problematic out-sourcing construction of the 787, had no marked negative effect in terms of massive pay raises.

Just considering the Boeing Company CEO, a recorded compensation raise of roughly 20 percent, to nearly $27.5 million was awarded. He had a take-home pay check of over $20 million for a job well done. Congrats!

In light of this, and other massive increases in executive salaries, the same group of guys are offering to dispense with the workers pension plan, offer practically no wage increases (1 percent every other year) and other significant reductions in benefits. I was a Boeing Company manager for many years and I can certainly see the insult proposed to the amazing Boeing workforce I was honored to work with, and I am also certain upper management sees it and intended it that way as well.

The union workers will vote an appropriate no to the contract proposal and the Boeing Company, which used to proudly call itself “The Boeing Family” will pull up stakes in an effort to blame and diminish the union and further increase executive compensation. Local economy effects are of no concern to these guys; that seems to be the corporate way of conducting business.

Ronald Kleinman

Mountlake Terrace

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Nov. 21

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Give Everett residents say on council districts

A ballot proposal switching the city council to district representation requires a public process.

Robinson: In Alabama, is party more important than morality?

Voters will have to decide if Roy Moore’s alleged behavior is a greater sin than being a Democrat.

Harrop: If we’re retrying Bill Clinton, let’s stick to facts

The demand that any woman’s claim of rape be automatically believed can have tragic consequences.

Questions for Mill Creek city council after Kelly’s ouster

Mill Creek’s voters’ outrage was in full force when we voted for… Continue reading

Allow cannabis shops to hire guards

I saw the Nov. 16 Herald story about the pot shop being… Continue reading

Trump’s base will get worst of GOP tax reform

Not yet one year into his dictatorship, our phony in chief enjoys… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Nov. 20

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: School funding half-full, half-empty, but not ample

The Supreme Court says the state’s school funding plan won’t meet its deadline. So there’s work to do.

Most Read