Unions Force Boeing to Move Engineering Projects From Washington

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Airline giant Boeing announced Friday it would move much of its current engineering projects from Washington state. The company will move the projects to nonunion facilities in South Carolina and Long Beach.
Q13 FOX reported:

Airline giant Boeing announced Friday the company will shift much of its current and future engineering projects out of Washington state, opting instead to focus more resources on engineering centers in South Carolina and California.

According to a statement Boeing released, Boeing Commercial Airplanes will establish a propulsion operation in South Carolina and a engineering help center in Long Beach, Calif. The transition away from the Puget Sound to other areas will take about six months.

Propolsion operation and engineering help for older model airplanes are currently based in the Puget Sound.

“During the next six to nine months, most out-of-production airplane support, including the 707, 727,737-100/-2–/-300/-400/-500 and 757 will move from Puget Sound to Long Beach,” the statement said.

Boeing is also exploring design centers in Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia…

…According to the Times, Mike Delaney, Boeing’s vice president of engineering, warned that if an engineering union forced an expensive contract, Boeing would look toward other locations. Boeing engineers negotiated a new contract with the company in February.

“Slowly over time, if you become uncompetitive, you have to deal with the arbitrage and leverage other resources,” Delaney told the Times in October.

The Long Beach and South Carolina sites are nonunion.

In April 2011 the Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) told Boeing it must build a plant in Washington state not South Carolina. South Carolina is a right to work state. In December 2011 the NLRB dropped its politically charged case against Boeing after the union that represents 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington urged the board to withdraw it.

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