“Reality” Is a DREADFUL Thing

Especially when you brought it on your ownself.

Boeing’s decision to build a new airplane-assembly plant in Charleston, S.C., will change the shape of the company and dramatically alter how both the state of Washington and the Machinists union approach Boeing.

Washington state must accept a future where it competes for every new Boeing airplane program, with low-wage South Carolina as a certain rival.

The Machinists must accept that if Boeing doesn’t like their demands, it can direct future work to its nonunion Charleston plants.

I’m sure the union is howling, “WHO did dat?” Simple answer: “You did dat.

Matt Gettmann began working in finance at Boeing Co. last year, and it wasn’t long before he found himself watching, stunned, as union members prepared for what became an eight-week strike.The work stoppage cost the company billions in deferred revenue and caused some of the delays in production of its new 787 at a time when Boeing was growing increasingly frustrated with labor squabbles.

”There would be a parade of people, thousands and thousands of them, making noises and screaming” — right in the factory, Gettmann said. ”That’s the employee-employer relationship? It’s shocking.”

…”This looks very much like a company that’s tired of dealing with this union, and they’ve found a way out,” said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst with Teal Group. ”The union needs to put aside the concept of who’s right and who’s wrong, and look at who’s winning and who’s losing. This is not going well from their perspective.”

And can you imagine? The union’s already talking “payback” in the 2012 round of contract negotiations.

One other thing. Does THIS sound as wrong as I think it does?

…Alex Glass, a spokeswoman for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said that for months, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney was telling the senator, ”I want a stable work force, I want a stable workforce, I can’t afford these strikes any more.

”That’s what we [Sen. Patty Murray] and the union were working toward,” she said.

A United States Senator working for a union? Whatever happened to equal representation?

I guess that doesn’t pay as well…

(Dear Machinists and their best buddy Senator Murray ~ better change that spelling to “BOING!” as the jobs bounce out of the state.)

5 Responses to ““Reality” Is a DREADFUL Thing”

  1. nightfly says:

    Well, boss, I opened her up, but I don’t see none of dem eggs I saw comin’ out of this thing…

  2. Gunslinger says:

    It’s a pity America’s steel industry didn’t have the same option.

  3. JeffS says:

    Patty Murray is an incompetent mindless airhead who lives to drone DNC talking points and attend fund raisers for her next election. You can thank the ancient hippies, nanny statists, and/or aging yuppies infesting the western half of Washington (and a small portion of eastern Washington) for that twit’s continued presence in the Senate.

    This is pretty much her style, sucking up to her power base. And poorly, as usual.

    And the unions just screwed the pooch in another way. Boeing is a magic word in Washington, but it has been losing it’s power for a long time…..precisely because Boeing has been moving jobs out of the state for a long long long time. Time was, most of their manufacturing was done here. No more, and not for a long time. This is just another nail in the coffin for the unions in Boeing.

  4. Ave says:

    Boeing, Boeing, Gone.

  5. mojo says:

    They’re upset that their cash cow got untied and wandered off the Union farm.

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