Unions bugging Boeing rival

It’s been six months since the International Association of Machinists helped chase Boeing 787 Dreamliner production jobs away from Washington State.  Yet, according to this report, it appears the Machinists in WaSta isn’t the only union harassing airplane manufacturers:

When Boeing announced late last year that it would build a second 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in South Carolina instead of Washington, labor issues played a big role in the decision.

The company said it hadn’t been able to negotiate a long enough no-strike agreement with its largest Washington union, the Machinists.

But Boeing isn’t the only manufacturer in the commercial airplane business who’s worrying about labor interruptions these days

The company’s European rival, Airbus, experienced a brief labor shutdown Monday on its A330 and A340 assembly lines

The union involved told Airbus to expect staggered strikes later this week at the company’s A320 production line. Monday’s strike lasted from noon to midnight.

Some day, and perhaps it may only happen when even more union jobs are lost, unions may actually come to realize that, when you kill the cow, there won’t be any more meat to feast on.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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