Letters to the Editor

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Tag: boeing

Feb.
7th

BOEING: Little wonder work’s coming in shoddy

Reading about the problems with the 787 Dreamliner’s fuselage constructed in South Carolina (TNT, 2-5) should give pause to all of us. The quality of Boeing planes is now in doubt, at least in my mind.

Truth be told, the South – which was widely touted as having qualified workers – has never been known for supporting public education. Only the plantation owners’ families might be educated – certainly the poor whites and the slaves were not. And with forced integration, many better-off families send their children to private schools.

Which leads me to wonder where we will get

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Jan.
15th

PENSIONS: No comparison of state, Boeing workers

Re: “401(k)s, not pensions, says senator” (TNT, 1-14).

As a state employee, I read with interest the story about state Sen. Doug Ericksen’s proposal to eliminate state pensions and offer $10,000 to employees who convert to a 401(k). He says, “If it’s good enough for Boeing, it should be good enough for the employees of Washington state.”

I would like some more information:

• Would the state’s contribution be based on a machinist’s pay or on my current pay?

• Would the state provide a match plus 10 percent of my pay initially and 4 percent long term?

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Jan.
6th

BOEING: Robbery without a pretend gun

A guy in a convenience store sticks his finger in his hoodie pocket, pretends to have a gun, takes $250 from the till and $50 from the clerk. Alarms blare. Sirens shriek. There’s an arrest, trial, verdict and sentence. He gets one year in the slammer.

A corporation in a state sticks its finger in its suit pocket, pretends to have an exit plan, takes $9 billion from the taxpaying citizens and millions more from a labor union. Politicians hold press conferences and editorial boards convene – not to castigate the extortion but to rebuke union members for being sluggish

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Jan.
4th

BOEING: Company’s scare tactics prove successful

Congratulations to the Boeing Co. for an overwhelmingly successful campaign to sway opinion and scare members of the Machinists Union into accepting Boeing’s contract proposal.

For Boeing, the end results are incredibly generous incentives from Washington state, a stable work force for years to come, and a union that has become an empty suit with no power or influence. Not a bad day for the company.

And to those who voted in favor of the new contract, remember that when, not if, Boeing continues to move jobs out of this region, it’s nothing personal; it’s just business.

Jan.
4th

BOEING: Threats worked on rank-and-file employees

Re: “Machinists vote will keep 777X in region” (TNT, 1-4).

Jim Bearden, a Boeing machinist representative, said the union’s members “faced tremendous pressure from every source imaginable.”

That was the intent of Gov. Jay Inslee, local politicians and Boeing. They knew from the get go that all or nothing was the way to get the rank-and-file members to succumb. I can’t say as though I blame the way the members voted, but I do blame the political system in Washington state for using the threat of moving out of state in order to raid members’ retirement, with their wages

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Dec.
30th

ECONOMY: Business hurts if people can’t spend

Jobs are created by consumers. I am no economist, but I have never seen a company stay in business without receiving any income.

There is no way that the CEO of Boeing spends more of his $20 million-plus salary than the average Boeing worker spends of his salary. Consumers are what grow our economy. If no one can afford a plane ticket for vacation, how many planes will they sell?

Now this same company wants the community with the most skilled workers to give it a welfare check to stay. All the tax breaks – that’s welfare. Yet we can’t extend

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Dec.
23rd

BOEING: Are pensions really things of the past?

Both proposals by Boeing management do not contain job security. Use of the weasel word “intend” instead of “will” is not security.

Billions of Machinist’s union members’ pension money can be transferred to the underfunded executive pension plan after 2016. The extra bonus money proposed will not be paid until 2020 – six years after current members vote, and those who retire between now than then will not get that money.

If pensions are a thing of the past, will the governor give up his congressional and state pensions? Will Sen. Patty Murray and all other federal/state/local elected officials, police,

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Dec.
23rd

BOEING: Company shares blame with machinists

Re: “Troubling signs of Boeing’s declining NW presence” (editorial, 12-22).

Rather than pointing the finger of blame at the Boeing machinists, consider this: Boeing’s contract offer wouldn’t be a topic of discussion if upper Boeing management hadn’t made poor business decisions regarding the 787 program.

The company lost billions of dollars. Billions. Many of those decisions sent American jobs overseas, not to local businesses. The media haven’t addressed the fact that Boeing doesn’t give a damn about this region, as evidenced by the successful attempt to extort tax breaks and incentives from any other location eager for Boeing jobs.

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