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Old 07-08-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Instead of copy/pasting my post in the business section, I will simply link to it here:

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I want to know what you guys think about this. What can WA do to get more competitive in a business climate?

 
Old 07-08-2009, 02:38 PM
 
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What does this mean for the Seattle area?
 
Old 07-08-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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What does this mean for the Seattle area?
It means that if the unions don't get their heads out of their collective a****, and ratify a long term deal with Boeing, they'll starting building planes elsewhere, and this area's going to be hurting for a long time.
 
Old 07-08-2009, 03:42 PM
 
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I read somewhere that Boeing is demanding that the Machinists Union agree to sign a no strike clause, or they will definitely build planes elsewhere....We can argue all day about unions, but, historically they have been very necessary, and it is through strikes that many of us benefit from the gains these strikers fought for.
Of course, on the flip side, these strikes have been damaging to Boeing, and one can see why they'd want to keep them from happening, and there are times when the union doesn't seem to have a long term outlook and see that the health of their employer is vital to their own health.
 
Old 07-09-2009, 02:43 AM
 
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Unions once upon a time may have served a useful purpose, but I certainly don't see what they do for anyone now.

I used to have a union job and the only things I noticed it "gained" for us was non-performance based raises, non-performance based retention of staff (i.e. seniority is all that mattered), made it almost impossible to get fire, and created a tremendous amount of disgruntled complacency.

I certainly don't blame Boeing for wanting out.
 
Old 09-03-2009, 07:34 PM
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Location: YTO & ATH
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In an era where the economic crisis is a global phenomenon I dont think there are many things we can do, but hang tight
 
Old 09-03-2009, 10:52 PM
 
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The NW aerospace unions, while certainly good-intentioned, will ultimately result in Boeing moving out of the area completely. It may take decades, but at the present rate, it will happen eventually. Common sense needs to prevail on both sides.
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