Columnist: Puget Sound Braces For Possible Boeing Strike | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 08.22.16

Airborne 08.23.16

Airborne 08.24.16

Airborne 08.18.16

Airborne 08.19.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 08.22.16

Airborne 08.23.16

Airborne 08.24.16

Airborne 08.18.16

Airborne 08.19.16

Tweet Us The Coolest Things You See @OSH16!
#OSH16Coolest!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Mon, Nov 15, 2004

Columnist: Puget Sound Braces For Possible Boeing Strike

New Contract Talks Could Change Thousands Of Lives

The coming year will be a big one for Boeing, its thousands of workers in the Seattle area and for the Puget Sound economy as a whole. Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Bill Virgin writes, if you want to know what next year's negotiations will look like, look back to 2000.

Both the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace will bargain with Boeing for new contracts before the end of 2005.

In 2002, SPEEA accepted a contract with 88-percent approval. IAM members, however, didn't like the company's offer and turned it down. But, because there was no strike authorization, the contract took effect anyway.

In 2002, Boeing had laid off some 26,000 workers. Orders were way down. Airlines were in financial hot water or were going bankrupt. Now, the aerospace giant is hiring again. Projected deliveries are up for both next year and the year after. It's the kind of economic atmosphere both sides will probably feel more comfortable about as talks get underway.

One big difference, according to Virgin: There's a new honcho at Boeing. Harry Stonecipher has taken over for Phil Condit. Stonecipher has a reputation as being not-too-union-friendly. But, in light of the hardships both the company and the unions have faced, there's no clear indication whether Stonecipher will be seen as hard-nosed or will loosen up a little and share the (relative) wealth.

Virgin predicts the top issues in next year's negotiations will be health benefits and job security -- no surprises there. But the entire Pacific Northwest will be keeping an eye on these talks because the economy of the entire region is at stake.

FMI: www.boeing.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 08.22.16: Small Drone Rule, Lightspeed Tango, Paper Chart Prices

Also: CommutAir, Norseman Takeoff, Asteroid Sample, A-4 Accident, RS-25 Test, ANA's 50th 787, Banyan Repair Station We have been covering the news about FAR 107, which addresses no>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2016-17-03 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A319 and A320 series airplanes and certain Airbus Model A321 series airplanes.>[...]

AD: Dassault Aviation Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2016-17-02 PRODUCT: Certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 900EX and FALCON 2000EX airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.16)

The SlingCrew Facebook Page A Facebook page created by a group of friends in search of adventure. Bringing together the flying & filmmaking stories of pilots around the world.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.16): Pilot Briefing

A service provided by the FSS to assist pilots in flight planning.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC