If you said it was because of the sun, the golf or the fishing, you’d be wrong.
As a proud Boeing employee, I think they came because we have something that Everett does not — no union. If Boeing here had become unionized, I would bet that it would never have considered a second location in Charleston.
I have seen people pass out union cards and walk around in pro-union T-shirts. For the most part, they are not from South Carolina.
They appear to care little about the future of Boeing and even less if Boeing packed up tomorrow. Their agenda will never be beneficial for Charleston. These are the same people who once said that we could not build an airplane here because we did not have the skills. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.
If Boeing were no longer in Charleston, I would not move because my family, friends and the things that mean the most to me are here. I have not applied for a single job outside of Boeing since the day I was hired almost four years ago. Why? Because Boeing has allowed me to provide for my family in ways that I could never have before.
I have no doubt that my son will one day have opportunities because of the opportunities that Boeing has provided me. The job I had prior to this great opportunity paid me about $16 per hour with health care, vacation and holiday benefits. That doesn’t come close to what I have now.
Boeing also has given us the option to go back to school; allowed us to participate in profit sharing for an airplane that they have yet to make a single dime on; and it offers the best 401(k) I have ever had. Thank you, Boeing.
If Boeing packed up and went back to Everett, Wash., I would not follow them. I would lose my health care benefits (my doctor said they are among the best), 401(k), vacation and holidays. I would probably get another job that pays $16 or $17 an hour, if I were lucky.
What would happen to all of those pro-union folks? Would they accept a $16-an-hour job? Would they stay here?
It is a fair question to ask pro-union people. I would be willing to bet that they would pack their bags and get on the next 787 back to Everett. They would have achieved their goal and would be headed home to receive attaboys from their family, friends and fellow union members.
Someone said that “pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered.”
There is more truth in that than you might imagine. All of us have potential for a great future in building airplanes as long as we don’t become hogs.
We all need to think about what other jobs are available to those of us who appreciate what cannot be found anywhere outside of Charleston, including the sun, the golf (so I have been told) and the fishing.
My advice, as a high school educated, hourly paid, proud Boeing employee is to remember why we have jobs with Boeing in the first place.
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