Letters to the Editor

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Tag: machinists union

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.
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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Dec.
17th

BOEING: I’m a Machinist, and I want a vote

I am a Boeing Machinist. I have been since 1987. I have been to every contract vote and every strike since then.

I am really disturbed by what’s happening now. I want a vote. I hear the last proposal is “virtually” the same as the one before. To clear the rhetoric, let’s go for yes-and-no answers.

Did Boeing offer to extend the letter of understanding for the 737 Max until 2024? Yes. Did Boeing back off of the wage progression changes? Yes. Did Boeing add more to the dental? Yes. Did Boeing offer another $5,000 in 2020? Yes.

I see

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Nov.
27th

BOEING: Profit motive fuels corporate greed

Re: “Union members fail to face new realities” (letter, 11-2).

The writer suggests Boeing workers made a mistake by not accepting the offered contact. Boeing’s objective was very clear. It set up a refusal by offering a very weak and regressive contract. In other words, Boeing planned its own escape route.

The writer says the profits of Boeing or any other company are “old news.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Profit is the fuel of corporate greed, and it is ongoing every minute of every day.

Furthermore, it’s the force behind this buffoonish contract. Why, in this

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Nov.
26th

BOEING: Union members fail to face reality

Re: “Two sides should resume negotiations” (letter, 11-25).

The writer suggests renegotiations after the final vote. Well the Machinists union members made their decision, and it will negatively affect thousands of families. It will also affect the employees who were to replace the retiring employees.

As hard as it is to think about replacing a pension plan, that is today;s reality. The Detroit auto workers faced the same issue, and now we have an auto industry back. Toyota and others are building cars today with nonunion workers, and somehow many people drive Toyotas and seem to get to work

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Nov.
25th

BOEING: Workers reject becoming wage slaves

Re: “Union mentality reminiscent of Detroit” (letter, 11-23).

The writer needs to review the facts surrounding the recent Machinists union members’ rejection of Boeing’s attempt to destroy their pensions and introduce a bit of the Southern poverty economy to Washington state.

The “taking, taking, taking” he cites was really Boeing’s taking from the workers, not the other way around.

He claims the Machinists at Boeing are somehow repeating what the auto workers’ unions did in Detroit, leading to the loss of jobs. I might suggest he look up the history of the decline of the American car industry. He

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