Those Are Some Nice Jobs You Have There, Machinists

Be a real shame if something happened to them.

Pay attention to Boeing’s warning about future 737 jobs
The Seattle Times editorial board responds to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s threat to move the 737 line away with a plea to keep the work here.

THE Puget Sound economy has a crucial stake in Boeing continuing to build the 737 in Renton. These are jobs that cannot be replaced. They must stay here.

No one, least of all the International Association of Machinists, ought to dismiss CEO Jim McNerney’s reminder that Boeing might assemble the 737 elsewhere. Whatever his objective — the 2012 labor contract, the case at the National Labor Relations Board, etc. — it pays to take him seriously. And don’t expect him to be too clear about why he’s saying this, because last time he did that, the union complained to the Labor Board.

People learn from their mistakes.

We hope the Machinists leadership has learned from its mistake in losing the second 787 line. Recall that to keep the line here, the company demanded a 10-year no-strike deal, with arbitration. The union countered with a demand that commercial airplane work stay here for the same period. Boeing rejected the union’s demand. The union rejected Boeing’s demand and the company announced for Charleston, S.C.

That was a loss for the region. A big loss. It was a loss for workers here, especially in the long run, and maybe for the union as an institution.

The union’s leaders didn’t want to bargain away their right to strike. It goes against their upbringing. But influencing an employer where to build its future is a different problem than extracting a pay raise.

The Machinists cannot keep Boeing here with strikes…

So. Any takers on what they do?

12 Responses to “Those Are Some Nice Jobs You Have There, Machinists”

  1. JeffS says:

    The unions will go on strike.

    Of course.

  2. Gary from Jersey says:

    There’ll be no Boeing if this keeps up. Airbus is eating Boeing’s lunch because the stupid left (redundant, no?) keeps wrecking the company’s chances to compete. Just like Jeff says: the unions will strike yet again and damn the consequences.

  3. aelfheld says:

    They won’t strike unless and until they lose their NLRB complaint.

  4. Gunslinger says:

    The unions will do to Boeing what they did to America’s steel industry, the workers will take it in the pipe the worst and their union bosses won’t care.

  5. mojo says:

    Something nasty and quasi-legal, would be my bet.

  6. Yojimbo says:

    Doesn’t even have to be quasi-legal when there is nobody there to enforce the law.

  7. Greg Newson says:

    I don’t think the unions are the reason industry has all but the US.It is the international selfish attitude of our businessmen and lack of any kind of action by our government
    These CEOs and investors want to have all the perks and benefits of our nation but,rape and pillage our people.They call the cops for slightest thing,but fight in court their property tax bills.
    Billionarie Ellison of Oracle is an example.He fought in court his property tax bill for 5 years and recieved a $600,000 reduction-they closed an elementery school in San Carlos as a result.
    Yet,he brought in landscapers from Japan to do landscaping at his house at a cost of hundreds of thousands.PIG!!

  8. The history of the Union and labour movement began with the Guilds in England in the Sixteenth Century, and the American Unions mental state is still encased around that time.
    They never learn, they never have learned, and they never will learn!

  9. Ave says:

    don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone?

  10. Skyler says:

    Greg, I never heard that story about Ellison, but it makes him a hero to me!

  11. mojo says:

    “You MUST spend YOUR money in accordance with MY principles! PIG!”


  12. Greg Newson says:

    The guy’s got 50 billion dollars.He is a fu*king pig.
    He won’t pay his fu*king property tax,but uses our services.
    He’ll send you off to war,though.

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