For over a decade, our Boeing South Carolina teammates have built something special and proved the doubters wrong.
Our unique ability to work together – without outside intrusion – means that important issues are identified and resolved quickly and effectively. We work on them together using direct input and feedback from our teammates to continuously improve how we do things.
Unions are set up to do things differently. They are frequently slow to adapt to new processes and often insist on narrow definitions of what each job code is allowed to do. Unions add extra layers of communication and bureaucracy, which can lead to communication breakdowns, unresolved issues and inaction. When problems arise, unions often resort to strikes or other workplace disruptions to try to get their way.
A union tried to stop us from ever building the 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina. The same union then targeted our Boeing South Carolina teammates for unionizing. Our teammates made their voices heard by voting overwhelmingly to reject the union and remain union-free. The same union then tried to prevent Boeing South Carolina from becoming the exclusive home of the 787. Fortunately, the union failed again.
We’ve got a great thing going at Boeing South Carolina, and our future has never looked brighter. We are now officially home to all 787 Dreamliner production. Let’s keep the momentum and continue moving forward. Let’s continue to celebrate our successes and rise to our challenges standing side-by-side, not sitting across from each other in union negotiations. Let’s keep getting things done without the divisiveness.
Let’s continue to grow together and protect what we’ve built at Boeing South Carolina.