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April 18, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Boeing: The company will get what it pays for by moving engineers

Corrected version

Boeing’s Groundhog Day is coming again [“Boeing managers say transfer of engineer jobs damaging talent, morale,” Business/Technology, April 15].

Remember all the grandiose expectations when Boeing production was moved to South Carolina? Low wages, but high quality to continue. Several years later: many delays, poor quality, canceled contracts and Boeing is still struggling to obtain quality in its South Carolina plant.

Now Boeing’s “McDonnell Douglas” management wants to move engineers to California. “Changes are not easy” are code words for we don’t care about your needs.

Boeing will lose experienced employees with corporate knowledge. But Boeing fails to realize the value of that knowledge. It continues to believe you can replace employees with lower pay grade levels and continue to maintain quality.

It continues to believe that professional employees, with the capitalist right to negotiate wages and benefits, can be easily replaced with employees with low experience, little training and low pay. You get what you pay for.

Doreen Suran, Bellevue

Information in this letter, originally published April 18, 2014, was corrected April 18, 2014. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Boeing moved production to North Carolina. It moved production to South Carolina.

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