|Quoting N60659 (Thread starter):|
It looks like this is another area which shows a fundamental shift in philosophy. I can't help thinking that last year's machinist strike helped steer this decision. I guess the goal is to reduce the impact to the supply-chain if we see another work stoppage like we did last year, especially considering the fact that Boeing is looking to ramp production to 112+ 787's beginning 2008.
read it again then, you've completely missed the point.
Parts supply means nothing if the assemblers are not putting them together. This is a cost cutting exercise, nothing else. Obviously Boeing doesn't see the need to directly employ people at inflated union rates when a subcontractor can do the job cheaper with a Service Level Agreement to the contractor.
From what I can read into it, the existing jobs which are comparable on the Boeing books are unionised and probably paying rates which would more properly be paid to higher skills employees. A bit like paying cabin crew at flight deck rates because it's an overall rate for anyone in the air.
It's an allegation that has been made against Boeing's structures for years now. Top heavy with people drawing big bucks which are often undeserved. Cutting back on the fat makes them a leaner competitor and cuts down the factory gate price.
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