Boeing South Carolina Workers Left In the Dark

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In today’s post and courier article: Boeing expects Dreamliner 787 orders to surge as airlines shore up aging fleets

“There have been 1,155 orders for Boeing’s composite-made Dreamliner, but sales have stalled so far in 2016 at 17 net orders.

The slowdown in sales has some questioning whether Boeing, which is producing Dreamliners at the rate of 12 a month, will follow through with a planned production increase to 14 monthly by the end of this decade. Production rose to a dozen a month earlier this year.

Dhieren Bechai, a contributor to the Aero Analysis website, said “the planned rate increases to 14 per month might be a bit too high,” adding that the current production level is healthier.

“Additional rate increases for the Dreamliner only make sense if fuel prices continue to climb,” Bechai said.

There are roughly 725 Dreamliner orders in backlog, enough to fill about five years of production. Some airlines have held off on buying Dreamliners because low oil prices have reduced the need for a new fuel-efficient plane. Also, there are no delivery slots available until the next decade, so some airlines are waiting until the Dreamliner backlog clears to place their orders.

Ahmad said the projected 14-per-month rate “eats into the backlog and shrinks it rapidly,” adding there would be pressure to slow production “if demand/orders for the 787 didn’t start rolling in.”

This is just another demonstration that the Boeing workers are left in the dark.

Without a union contract you’re going into work with blinders on about the state of affairs which may impact your family. You don’t have a voice at the table and you are left in the dark about the future of your organization.

What if this negatively impacts you and your family? How is it going to be handled? These are questions that can be secured and addressed by having your own union contract instead of relying on third party sources like the Post and Courier to get information about the company you work for.

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