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October 21, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Boeing strike

I wonder

If I owned a business, I’d like the flexibility to make decisions that would best serve the company’s stakeholders [“Boeing engineers union weighs strike plan,” Boeing/ Aerospace, Oct. 13]. I’d also try to hire and retain employees who add value and promote a teamwork atmosphere.

When I look at the IAM [International Association of Machinists] District 751 Web site, I see damaging words against Boeing due to their actions, such as, “each day of the strike will cost Boeing $100 million in sales and 1 cent per share in profit.”

I read that the Boeing engineers are considering a white-collar strike when their contract is due for negotiation.

I wonder how effective my company would be if I had employees who could prevent me from being nimble in a very competitive marketplace, and I wonder how much I’d value those employees.

I also wonder if a union employee, who establishes their own business, would hire other union employees and the challenges that go with them.

I wonder.

— Conrad Rupp, Renton

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