A fellow engineer, many years ago, referred to minimum wage laws as “Make Work Laws for Engineers” [“Seattle’s minimum-wage win spurs talk to target more cities,” Local News, June 4]. The history of the last 200 years clearly shows large masses of workers being replaced by machines. Automation today is not only easier to…More
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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…More
Boeing management’s “engineering work transfer” plans will leave the Puget Sound with an abundance of unused, highly skilled, senior engineering talent [“Boeing CEO defends shifting engineering jobs,” Business/Technology, April 23]. With our concentration of venture dollars, and with the many entrepreneurial leaders spun from our multi-faceted technology economy, it seems only logical that some…More
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…More
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…More
Professional woman can relate I was heartened to read in Dianne Chong’s opinion piece that she can “appreciate the relevance” of outward appearance for professional women. [“Guest column: The most common question from young women engineers? What to wear,” Opinion, Sept. 8.] The way “fitting in” and “belonging” are presented by young women can easily…More
Outside firm should have done the job A state design team’s engineering error will cost taxpayers at least $81.1 million. [“Big bill and big delay to fix new 520 pontoons,” page one, July 31.] Why was the design of the new floating bridge left up to a state design team, which clearly wasn’t up to the…More