Ranting About Boeing

So I need to state before you get any further, that this is going to be a bit of a rant, but I’m extremely frustrated with Boeing right now and this is my platform to vent.

But seriously Boeing, how can you act like the way that you are acting right now and think that it’s acceptable behaviour? With the recent announcement of the machinists voting to pass their new contract by 51% states that something isn’t right. So basically what has happened is Boeing said, either you vote in favour of what we are proposing or we’ll be moving to another state to begin production of our next aircraft, the 777X. Feel free to vote no, but when the production of the current 777 aircraft’s have been completed, you’ll be out of a job.  Oh by the way, we don’t exactly have a firm timeline of the current 777 production schedule either.  That’s roughly translated into, we’re going to make sure that we do everything in our power to close up shop as quickly as we can.

The Seattle Times is reporting that the vote passed by only 600 votes, 51 percent to 49 percent. In earlier versions of the contract, Boeing tried sweetening the deal by adding bonus’ and other elements to the contract.  However, most of these sweets wouldn’t be rewarded for 5 to 7 years, so roughly 2019-2021. Sweet deal? More like a sour deal because when these discussions were happening, Boeing was stating that there was work on the books for approximately ten years on the new 737 MAX and 777X.

So if the machinists accepted the contract the first time around, they would have received their “bonuses” about the same time they would be entering into contract negotiations again because at the time this was all being discussed, work was projected to be good for ten years. The machinists said no, so Boeing sweetened the deal again.  However, this is when they also added the catch that they are starting to look into other locations throughout the country to build a new plant and start aircraft productions elsewhere.

Fast forward to this last week when the machinists accepted their contract, because it was either that or they were out jobs. That’s really the gist of it all and that’s extremely unprofessional and selfish of Boeing.  I know that there are many other large corporations that are playing the same games, but I firmly believe this one tops the cake right now. Hey machinists, do what we say, not what we do. All while Boeing’s CEO, Mr. W. James McNerney, Jr., will be making close to $20 million once all is said and done.

Lets look at things a little deeper and we’ll find one of the reasons that Boeing is doing what they are doing.  It’s called the 787-8 aircraft.  This aircraft was going to be the next aircraft of aircraft’s.  It was going to make companies like Airbus cry because it was stated to be so awesome.  Well, things didn’t exactly go as planned and time and time again the aircraft was further delayed for delivery.  Then, when the aircraft finally does actually get off the ground, countless other problems follow it. The project has lost billions of dollars and instead of really owning up to many of the issues, Boeing releases the newest member of the family, the 787-9.  Hey… look over here, shiny new aircraft with very few problems.  Don’t mind that aircraft over there, it’s just a big pile of never ending issues. Boeing continues to lose money on the 787-8 because they are still so far behind on the deliveries that selected airlines have just given up and cancelled their orders.

So in reality, what I believe is really happening here is that Boeing needed to find a cash cow because they have lost so much money on the 787 that they wanted to recover it somewhere. Instead of the upper levels of Boeing taking a little less in their paychecks, they are using their own version of the trickle down effect. We’ll count the money that we are losing and then those loses will trickle all the way down to the bottom.

In the end, it’s a game of smoke and mirrors and sadly the machinists are the ones getting the short end of the stick. I just hope that from here forward, Boeing is able to get their act together and move forward.  While the 787 program is a bit of a mess, let’s hope that future programs such as the 737 MAX and 777X work so that ten years from now, we aren’t in the same place again feeling a little day sha voo.



Starting 2014!

Many of us, including myself, are happy to see a new year begin.  Time to put away the things of the past and keep heading into the future.  Myself, like many of you, are also setting goals for the upcoming year as well.  So in keeping in fashion with the start of the new year, here are some of the items I intend to accomplish during 2014.

Completing my Bachelor’s degree.  Spoke to my Academic Advisory a few weeks ago and they finally updated my Program Evaluation to reflect the changes to the program.  Yes, I found out I have two more classes that I now need, but this evaluation is much better.  Anyway… there is a small light at the end of the tunnel.

More fitness focused. I want to make it a point to become more fitness focused.  Whether that means cycling more often, heading to the gym more frequently or just getting out and walking.

Eating Better.  I’ve made some improvements in my diet, but now it’s time to take it up a notch because my body has become comfortable with the level that it is at now.  Time to change that up.

Making More Time.  Yes, that one might sound a little odd, but I need to make more time for things.  More time to write in my journal.  More time to write a post or two here. So maybe not so much that I need to make more time, I just need to make more time for myself.

Launch My Project.  I have a relatively large project that I’m presently working on.  While I’m not ready to announce exactly what it is, I’m putting a great deal of effort into it and I want to see it really come to life over the course of this year.

Refrain from Negativity. 2013 proved to be a challenge in this department, but then the issues were resolved. While it was a hard path to travel down, some times various elements are better out of your life instead of part of your life.  That was a huge mindset that I had to shift and it was difficult, especially when I was striving to be the good friend.  Anyway… that being said, it’s better to stay away from someone/thing negative instead of trying to resolve it and attempt to fix the issue.

I think that these are some great goals for me for this coming year.  Stay tuned and we’ll see how well I do in the coming months.

It’s Been A While

So I will be the first person to say that it has been a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog.  I’m going to make a strong attempt to get back into the swing of things and start posting things here and there about this and that.  How does that sound?  Anyway… I was thinking earlier today that it’s time to check in on how I’m doing with my goals for 2010.

2010 marked my 30th birthday in July and according to my dentist, “You have to do something memorable for each of your decade years.”  So at the beginning of the year, here’s what I said my goals would be (and how I’m doing with that goal):

Start hitting the gym on a more regular basis.  Haven’t been doing so great with this one, but I will say that I’ve hit the gym more during 2010 than I have in past years, so baby steps.

Go somewhere international.  Did that, started the year off by going to Dublin, Ireland and Paris, France.

Make this year the best year of my life thus far.  Well, this year has turned to be a bit more challenging than I would have expected.  It hasn’t been the best year, but also, it hasn’t been the worst.  Plus, the year isn’t over yet.

Purchase a bike and start cycling again.  Have the bike, just haven’t started cycling again.  Yet.

Complete the first part of my degree.  Almost there.  Will stretch this one out until next Spring, but I’ll still be 30, so it sorta counts right?

Launch my website.  I’m getting there… well, I’m about half way there.

Learn how to scuba dive.  Working on it right now actually and if everything goes to plan, I will have basic certification in December.

Visit at least three cities in the United States that I’ve never been to before.  Almost there with this one too.  It was Charlotte, North Carolina in March; Denver, Colorado in September and I’ll be off to Miami, Florida here at the end of the week.

Green means I’ve achieved (or will soon) this goal; teal means I’ve attempted, but haven’t done as good as I should have and red means I haven’t achieved this goal at all.  Well, it looks like I’ve done okay with my goals, but not great.

Well there you have it, a quick little update from me and how I’ve done this year so far.