Pontifications: Boeing SC makes its case for 787 production consolidation—and it favors Everett

Sept. 14, 2020, © Leeham News:  Boeing’s South Carolina 787 final assembly plant has made its case whether to consolidate production in one location, or not. The conclusion favors retaining dual assembly lines, retaining one in Everett. This… Read More

Boeing tells union: MAX production halt “weeks;” others see months

Subscription Required By Scott Hamilton and Byran Corliss Introduction Dec. 23, 2019, © Leeham News: The Boeing 737 MAX production shut down will be measured in “weeks,” Boeing told one of its unions. But “weeks” is a highly … Read More

Boeing union creates strike fund for 2024 contract negotiations

Dec. 21, 2019, © Leeham News: The International Association of Machinists District 751, the touch-labor union at Boeing’s Seattle-area plants, launched a campaign for a strike fund this week. The current labor contract expires in September 2024, five… Read More

Supplier consolidation leading to unionization at some

By Bryan Corliss Feb. 12, 2019, © Leeham News: While Boeing is enjoying “labor peace” in its Northwest facilities, a couple of aerospace industry suppliers are in the midst of contract negotiations with the largest union representing aerospace… Read More

Automation reduces foreign advantages over US

Subscription Required Introduction Nov. 19, 2018, © Leeham News: The move toward increasing automation makes US more competitive than moving work to other countries, an expert in industrial efficiencies said last week at a meeting sponsored by the… Read More

Pontifications: Supply chain meltdown

Aug. 6, 2018 © Leeham News: It happened to Airbus. It sort of happened to Boeing. It was bound to happen in a much bigger way to Boeing, and it has. Some 40 737s are now sitting around… Read More

IAM may be playing with fire in SC union vote

June 20, 2018, © Leeham News: The International Association of Machinists may be playing with fire. Puget Sound’s IAM 751 may be burned in the process. The Charleston Post and Courier reported that the IAM will file a… Read More

Pontifications: Boeing faces thousands of retirements in next five years

March 19, 2018, © Leeham News: Boeing faces thousands of retirements in its engineering and touch-labor force ranks over the next five to 10 years, with a limited worker pool for replacements. A national economy with a low… Read More

Long, bitter history precedes union vote at Boeing Charleston today

Feb. 15, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Boeing’s touch-labor workers at its 787 assembly plant in North Charleston (SC) will vote today on whether to become represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM). It’s a vote with huge… Read More

Pontifications: Tax breaks in Washington State

Feb. 22, 2016, © Leeham Co.: A group of Democratic legislators in Washington State will introduce five bills aimed at repealing some tax breaks and also taking yet another run at holding Boeing’s feet to the fire by tying… Read More