From the headquarters newspaper of Boeing (that would be The Chicago Tribune:)
Unless Boeing Co. can win a long-term contract that bars strikes by its largest union, the aerospace company will build a second production line for its new 787 jetliner outside of Washington state, members of the state’s congressional delegation say.
Because, you know, the 787 has become an international punch line, because of, er, um, stuff that kind of happened.
On Tuesday, Boeing said it would pay $580 million for a Vought Aircraft Industries plant in North Charleston, S.C., that makes large sections of its much-delayed 787.
Deliveries of the 787 have been postponed by nearly two years partly because of problems with components made by suppliers and work that suppliers didn’t complete. Those problems are expected to cost Boeing billions of dollars in added expenses and penalties.(emphasis mine)
Boeing is using suppliers from around the world to build large sections of the plane that are later assembled at the company’s commercial aircraft plant in Everett, north of Seattle. Boeing has booked orders for a record 850 of the planes, though some 60 orders have been canceled so far this year.
So the problems from “suppliers around the world,” many of them presumably non-union, mean the Boeing lapdogs in this state should um, er, do something.
Gregoire said that before Boeing decides on where to place a second 787 line, she plans to go to company headquarters in Chicago and make the case for the Puget Sound region before Boeing’s board.
Gregoire said a no-strike agreement is an ambitious goal for Boeing, and is something that cannot be achieved through legislation. Dicks said any such agreement would have to involve some kind of binding independent arbitration of disputes between Boeing and the Machinists.
Yeah, because nothing would make more sense than for Boeing to move production to right-to-starve states where inferior parts were made, or in some cases, not made. You know, the places that screwed things up for the 787 in the first place. Somehow, in Boeing-logic-land, this is the fault of unions.
Nobody wants to see Washington state workers lose jobs, but there should be limits to this kind of pathetic and transparent corporate blackmail. A “no strike clause” is in reality a “no union clause;” they might as well just dissolve the machinists’ union.
Which is, obviously, the point. Good luck with this, elected Dems. You’re going to need it.