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BOEING: Union mentality reminiscent of Detroit

Letter by Michael E. Eaton, Eatonville on Nov. 18, 2013 at 10:27 am with No Comments »
November 18, 2013 1:41 pm

It appears that the union thinking of Detroit’s auto workers of the past has been duplicated in our fair state, as exhibited by the recent rejection of Boeing’s contract offer.

The failure of those auto workers then to face economic reality resulted in the collapse of an industry that few people had envisioned and which required the U.S. government (actually, the U.S. taxpayers) to rescue. Is that what the union members at Boeing want for Washington?

Some of these workers claim that they voted for the rejection to “protect our children and grandchildren who may wish to be employed by Boeing in the future.” Really? If Boeing moves out of ]Washington, how is that going to happen?

No, it seems that what the rejection vote really says is, “I’ve got mine, and future generations of Boeing workers – if any – will just have to get theirs, because I’m not giving up anything!”

Let’s face it: The union workers at Boeing are very well compensated compared to other workers in Washington and the nation. Shouldn’t they be willing to give a little instead of taking, taking, taking? Maybe they should ask the city of Detroit, and its thousands of displaced auto workers, what they think.

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