Boeing, unions need reset: analysis

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Introduction
Nov. 16, 2020, © Leeham News: Boeing is at a defining moment, says John Holden, the president of IAM 751. This is the labor union that assembles Boeing’s airplanes in Washington State. The Seattle Times wrote that “Boeing must realign for better days". Neither said anything that hasn’t been said before, some of them repeatedly. There is a new twist to it this time.  Boeing is seriously bleeding money.  It is making changes for survival and paying a horrible price as it loses talent that takes years to develop.  There are many losers here:  Boeing, Washington State, Snohomish, King and Pierce counties, Everett, Renton and all the communities in the Washington Aerospace heartland.  There are no winners. But for all the points identified, few offer solutions. What should a realignment include?  What could it look like? Over a series of articles, LNA will examine some possible solutions. The first is Labor, starting with the IAM 751.
Summary
  • Long, tortured relationship.
  • Strong union state.
  • “Expensive labor.”
  • Is there a “value” premium?

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