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November 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Boeing and long-term labor plan

Boeing take-backs due to corporate greed

Editor, The Times:

The proposed contract extension from Boeing proposes to again steal what has been so difficult to achieve over generations: a fair and balanced contract [“Inslee defends rush for action in Olympia to secure 777X jet,” page one, Nov. 7].

The previous contract extension was chock-full of take-backs, but this one defies logic. In short, it’s an insult to the men and women who do their part to build the greatest airplane in the world. And to make matters worse, the union leadership — as well as the governor and the tennis-shoe senator — is running it up the flagpole.

Why? Because they have no skin in the game. The union still gets its dues that paid its salaries; the politicians get kudos for being perceived as the saviors that kept Boeing in town.

The company is having record profits, the stock is at an all-time high and just recently Boeing announced it was going to raise aircraft prices 8 percent. So then you might ask, why all the take-backs? Simply put, it’s corporate greed. There’s no need to go into detail on just how miserably the union leadership has failed the membership; but one thing is for sure — we don’t trust it to collect and count the votes. That should be done by an outside source, fair and impartial, unlike this “contract extension.”

Ron Kalina, Camano Island

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