Skip to comments.Details of Boeing-IAM talks show big gap, as S.C. ready to sweeten deal
Posted on 10/27/2009 4:13:48 PM PDT by jazusamo
The Boeing board of directors met Monday in Chicago without reaching a decision on siting a second 787 production line, as efforts continued to resolve an impasse in the high-stakes talks between the Machinists union and the company.
If the Machinists and Boeing can't agree on a 10-year no-strike deal that would land the second production line in Everett, the company is threatening to put it in Charleston, S.C.
The company released no information on the board's discussion about the second 787 line, but sources confirmed there was no decision.
In phone calls over the weekend, Gov. Christine Gregoire and other top Washington state political leaders weighed in to encourage the two sides to reach an agreement.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, the state Department of Commerce is preparing its confidential proposal to Boeing under the code name Project Gemini.
A special session of the legislature is set to convene Tuesday to extend state unemployment benefits. One legislator said a Boeing incentive package could be added to the agenda.
Another person with knowledge of the South Carolina legislature's agenda said it may deal with two issues important to Boeing, although a possible move Tuesday by South Carolina Democrats to impeach Gov. Mark Sanford could get in the way.
The potential legislation designed to woo Boeing includes:
First, a reform of the state's unemployment insurance system, which is insolvent.
Second, an increase in the capacity of state-backed bonds available to the Department of Commerce so that it can fund an incentive package for Boeing without specific further legislation.
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South Carolina is passing incentives.
The IAM thinks Boeing is bluffing. It’s what Seattle thought 10 years ago when they moved the headquarters too.
Agreed, they’re not bluffing and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the second line set up in SC.
The IAM is truly a communist organization. They WOULD rather see Boeing move production that give up anything they consider rights and benefits owed to them by virtue of being an IAM member rather than hard work.
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I believe you’re probably right. Though some have criticized Boeing the union has had it pretty much their way.
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Not terribly suprising. The Governess has been on the picket lines with striking IAM members in the past and
is persona non grata at Boeing HQ.
Way to go, Democrats.
Yep, the Democrats will go to most any lengths in catering to the unions.