Yesterday Rahm Emanuel met with Boeing CEO McNerney, United CEO Smisek and others in an aviation summit. Following that meeting Fox News' Neil Cavuto chatted with McNerney and Smisek to discuss aviation and the economy with them along the Chicago River. Boeing is under attack by the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) for its decision to build a plant to assemble the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner
in South Carolina. South Carolina is a right to work state, and the new Boeing plant in SC is using non-union labor to assemble the Dreamliner. As I mentioned in my earlier post Sunday I have mixed feelings when it comes to unions. One of the things that has snuck up on us is the globalization of business and competition around the world. In a way Boeing is a victim of its own success. Air transportation has made it easy to outsource production anywhere in the world, making goods cheaper but driving down wages in the industrialized countries. With respect to Boeing's battle with the NLRB, FOX News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto discussed the issue with James McNerny of Boeing:
On what he is hearing in relation to the NLRB case: “I think a lot of people agree with the principle that I just espoused which is it’s all about competitiveness. Think about what we’re talking about here, we are talking about the 787 Dreamliner, arguably a symbol of America’s global competitiveness. Eighty percent of these will be sold outside of the United States; it represents the cutting edge of any kind of technology that relates to aerospace. And we’re being told that we can’t place the work where it makes us most competitive and generates jobs because we are exporting to other parts of the world. It’s a little bit crazy.”
You can see the interview here: Boeing CEO James McNerney
The United States is known for its ability to adapt and innovate, so there must be a reasonable solution to these issues which can address the needs of everyone. With unemployment high can we really afford not to solve this problem? Let me know your thoughts. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+
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