EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2162 times:
Quote: The decision comes about seven months after Boeing struck a deal with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on a new three-year contract for employees at its Oak Ridge facility, ending a strike.
During the industrial action, Boeing transferred 737 and 777 flight deck console work to other locations while additional manufacturing work was recalled by prime contractors.
In April, the 265 remaining employees at Oak Ridge were informed of the company’s intention to exit Commercial Airplanes parts production at the facility and move remaining work to Boeing’s Salt Lake City plant and external suppliers.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28453 posts, RR: 84 Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
Quote: The Boeing Oak Ridge site employs approximately 500 people, and manufactures a variety of aerospace components, including flight deck modules for the company's all-new airplane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as well as all other 700-series models of commercial airplanes.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28453 posts, RR: 84 Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
Quoting SEPilot (Reply 2): Reading the article, Boeing stoutly claims that the strike had nothing to do with the decision to close the plant. And I have this REALLY great deal on a bridge in Brooklyn....
Honestly, it may not have. After all, Boeing didn't make it a habit of closing plans that struck in the past. Yes, some of those were the primary assembly plants like Everett and Renton and Wichita (before sold to Spirit), but many smaller plants have had strikes over the years and they're still around.
That being said, past and pending labor issues have no doubt played a part in Boeing's move to sell these plants off to other companies and then source the parts from them.
You may be right, but I still have my doubts. Certainly it was not the only reason; but I'm sure it figured into it. I don't know on what terms they settled; chances are it was for more than Boeing felt it was worth, which would definitely factor into the decision. The key question is would Boeing still have closed it if they hadn't struck? Or would they have transferred work there from other places and closed one of them? We really don't have any way of knowing.
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