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Category: Boeing
April 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

A tone deaf decision by Boeing executives to move engineers

Dominic Gates’ article “Big bucks in moving Boeing engineers” [Business/Technology, April 26] is another brick in the demise of Boeing in the Pacific Northwest. In the 1970s and 1980s, the auto industry left the Detroit area to lower-cost states in the U.S. and to low-wage countries. While it may have taken decades for Detroit…

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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…

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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…

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April 16, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Boeing: Tax break better spent on education

I read with dismay and deep anger in The Seattle Times that Boeing will pull 1000 engineering jobs out of our state [“Boeing moving 1,000 more engineering jobs to California,” Business/Technology, April 10]. As a retired public-school teacher, this hurts me deeply in two ways. First, my state Legislature agreed to grant Boeing almost 9…

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March 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Close corporate tax loopholes for large companies

Boeing won’t be paying any taxes this year [“Boeing has big tax refund coming from Uncle Sam — again,” seattletimes.com, March 1].

Instead, by deferring tax payments, it will be getting a $199 million refund. It’s not alone; many corporations are avoiding taxes altogether through loopholes. In the Senate there is a bill that would close corporate tax loopholes that allow multinational corporations to hide their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes, and we should encourage Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to champion it.

At least 82 of the top 100 publicly traded companies in America use tax havens like the Cayman Islands. Offshore tax dodging amounts to $150 billion a year in lost revenue — costing the average small business in Washington $3,616 extra each year, according to WashPIRG data. Small businesses, like individual taxpayers, are obligated to pay their taxes, so why should multinational corporations get off the hook?

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January 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Boeing: Pensions not a dirty word; Contract reflects current reality

Pensions not a dirty word

Danny Westneat raises a seemingly valid concern when he writes, “If doing away with pensions was so critical for the health of a private company making record profits, then why not for a cash-strapped state?” ["Boeing puts all pensions at risk,” NWTuesday, Jan. 7]

But then I remembered: Government was never intended to be a for-profit enterprise.

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January 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Boeing: Pay parity, for the sake of jobs and lessons from Henry Ford

010214 - SEATTLE, WA - Rob Curran will have 27-years in at Boeing Auburn this May, and he and his machinist brethren wanted to make sure they were heard on the latest Boeing proposal Thursday at union headquarters in South Park. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times).

Rob Curran and other Machinists before the 777X contract vote last week in South Park. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times).

Where’s the parity between executives and Machinists?

Boeing workers pumped out more jets in 2013 than ever before [“Boeing’s 2013 deliveries soar to record despite 787 woes,” Business, Jan. 6]. Jet sales were the second highest in company history. Sales are up, profits are up, and Boeing stock is up.

Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney’s annual salary is up 20 percent to $27.5 million and his pension increased dramatically as well.

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January 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Boeing: Questions, limited options, fighting states, new leadership needed

Boeing Factory in Everett Washington. The Boeing Everett factory product line includes the 747, 767, 777 and 787. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times).

The Boeing factory in Everett. The factory product line includes the 747, 767, 777 and 787. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times).

Members of the Machinists union Friday accepted Boeing’s contract proposal by a slim 51 percent, sealing a cliffhanger ending to a tense chapter in the history of their union, their industry and their region.

The union’s narrow approval of the Boeing contract extension was tough but necessary, for its economic future and for the region’s, wrote The Seattle Times’ editorial board soon after the vote. A 777X built in Everett translates to an estimated 20,000 jobs at Boeing and its suppliers, worth $20 billion in economic activity. For perspective, consider how 21 states had salivated to win the 777X competition.

Letters and emails flew in over the weekend, many questioning the deal and Boeing’s motives. The best reader submissions are below. Continue the conversation in the comments section.

A few questions about the contract deal

Now that Boeing workers have finally agreed, after much arm-twisting by meddling public officials and know-it-all paper pundits, to give away a decent pension [“Machinists invest in aerospace future,” Opinion, Jan. 6], I have a few questions:

• Since Boeing already has large pieces of every airplane built offshore by labor that is at least as expensive as it is here, what exactly have we saved for the Seattle area?

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January 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Boeing 777X contract vote: 401(k)s too dangerous

I was less than blown away by Rob McKenna giving a union advice [“Machinists: A yes vote is pro-union,” Opinion, Jan. 2].

Anyone who doesn’t need a pension, or out of jealousy needs one but knows that he or she won’t get one, feels pretty easy in giving away other people’s benefits. Maybe that is the reality of today, but that doesn’t make it the best course. Without pensions, people get into serious trouble after age or disability forces them out of the workforce. Some have family to rely on, others do not. And the GOP is hot to eliminate programs for the poor.

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January 2, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Boeing 777X: Readers’ views ahead of the Jan. 3 Machinists vote

Boeing workers are casting ballots Friday on a contract extension that includes bonuses, higher wages, established seniority and earning progression, health and welfare benefits, and a 401(k) plan.

In an editorial published Thursday, The Seattle Times editorial board is urging International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 751 to vote yes and compromise for the future. “This is a referendum on stable employment within a company and a region for decades to come.”

Also worth reading is former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna’s guest column on the vote, writing: “A yes vote is a pro-IAM-union vote. It is a pro-future-jobs vote. It is a pro-current-employees-having-a-job-until-they-retire vote.”

Our readers are weighing in as well ahead of the vote:

401(k) plans inevitable

Editor, the Times:

When I was an employee of Seattle First National Bank, it announced that it was terminating a defined-benefit pension plan in favor of a profit-sharing plan. The year? 1966. The reason? A pension plan was not financially feasible.

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