Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Consolidation Study Leaves Machinists Union Angry, Uncertain...
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The leader of Boeing's machinists union has called out the jet maker after it launched a study to explore the feasibility of manufacturing 787 Dreamliner jets at one factory, instead of its current two-factory system.
Boeing makes Dreamliners at its unionized factory in Everett (the 787-8 and 787-9 models). It also makes the 787-9 and bigger 787-10 model jets at its mostly non-union aircraft assembly facility in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jon Holden, the president of the International Association of Machinists, District 751, is upset that Boeing launched the study without consulting the union's leadership. He blasted Boeing in a lengthy front page commentary essay, published in this week's Aero Mechanic union newspaper for machinists.
"In typical Boeing fashion, Boeing is talking to everyone else but the union...
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