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February 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Boeing and the economy

Learn from the silent, selfless ferry workers

In all the furor of what is going on with the economy, I thought someone would jump up and yell, “Congratulations,” to the ferry workers who decided to forgo a raise this year in the interest of everyone keeping their jobs. While I didn’t hear much of a peep from anyone, it certainly begs the question: Are the Boeing machinists paying attention?

Boeing just got a tongue lashing from Richard Branson of Virgin-everything Airlines saying if Boeing and the machinists can’t put their disagreements behind them, he’s going to Airbus.

All you heard was Boeing saying it was the machinists fault and the machinists saying it was Boeing’s fault.

We’re in real financial trouble here and not one more person should lose their job. It’s time to realize that you don’t always get what you wish for. The machinists make more than most and sometimes hard economic times dictate waiting. At least at this point, they have jobs.

If Boeing takes more hits, they probably won’t. Take a lesson from the ferry workers who were actually looking out for their fellow workers and not feathering their own nests.

— Jill Eshenbaugh, University Place

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