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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 25, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Boeing: Management in Chicago doesn’t know what’s best for Puget Sound workers

Defense of past failures seems to be Boeing’s mantra these days [“Boeing CEO defends shifting engineering jobs,” Business/Technology, April 23].

Boeing success is a result of a dedicated and highly qualified workforce of talented engineers and assembly workers. Yet, the remotely located “senior management” in Chicago gloss over a number of their mistakes: a three year delay in launching the 787 because of a cockamamie idea to send sub-assemblies overseas (think the Italian fiasco), or the South Carolina plant that was going to make airplanes cheaper by using “cheap” employees. Even now that plant has continuing problems.

Then, Boeing management went out of their way to slash benefits of workers, which I am sure didn’t build teamwork and commitment. Outsiders now consider relocating engineers elsewhere unwise. And so it goes.

All the while Boeing’s board of directors heap overly generous bonuses on CEO Jim McNerney and his clown-car group in isolated Chicago. Instead the Boeing board should present them with termination notices.

Thomas L Westman

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