Well, I am really tired of hearing about how bad Boeing treats its employees and is accused of being greedy. To be fair, not all employees feel that way. Some people realize that Boeing is not here for their benefit, that it’s they who are here for Boeing’s benefit. My hat’s off to them, and this note is not for them.
To those who believe it’s all about them, who just want to take and take, listen up: It’s not an experiment in socialism. Yes, medical costs are increasing and that drives putting some of the responsibility onto the employees. That’s why Boeing offers a no-cost option. Who doesn’t shop for the best deal, go the gas station with the lowest price per gallon, or buy groceries with coupons? Why can’t a private industry do the same? The simple fact is, there is no industry in this state than can compare with the salary or benefits Boeing offers. If Boeing can get a better deal outside, should they? You bet. If it’s outsourcing that sells airplanes, should they do it, you bet.
If the International Association of Machinists wants to hold their benefactor hostage, which only increases costs, should the union be shunned? You bet. The IAM’s so-called “leadership” promotes anarchy, disruption, disrespect and a complete lack of professionalism. This isn’t the era of the Wobblies.
The radical spokespeople they send to the shop only stir up the crowds and are juvenile at best. The Boeing negotiators have shown nothing but class, have not been accusatory, and have only supported the negotiations with professionalism, transparency and candor. It’s a shame the IAM “leadership” isn’t capable of the same.
Todd Jenkins III