Am I someone you know?
I have a wife, kids, car payment, and a mortgage. I am a BSC employee.
I work. I am on the floor helping with the building of the most advanced airliner in the world.
I started in the 88-20 building when the airplane numbers were in the single digits.
I started as a contractor.
I have worked 1st shift, 2nd shift, and 3rd shift.
My record for consecutive days worked is 19.
I have had too many days of 15+ hours.
I take pride in being one of the best at what I do.
I work hard.
I work smart.
I remember the day I heard Boeing chose South Carolina to build the new 787 line.
I could not wait for Boeing to come here and fix the things GA and Vought could never seem to get right.
I remember the pride I felt telling people I worked for Boeing.
I remember thinking, “Wow, I work for Boeing. I am going to retire from here.”
Do I sound familiar?
In the past five years, I have worked for seven different first line managers, and five second-level and three new directors. Each came with their own goals, agendas, favorites, and process.
I used to be very outspoken about inefficiencies and waste, but found that to question why is not the path to success.
I was slow to pick this up.
I was moved to a new job.
It is wise to remember improvements and change flow top down, not bottom up.
Remember the time when our manager said…
“Boeing is a big company and there are lots of opportunities for you to grow your career.”
“Be happy you have a job. There are a thousand people trying to get in here.”
“You are no longer under consideration.”
It seems like wherever those “opportunities” are, you can’t get there from here.
I know you.
You are the lady who volunteers for the jobs no one wants, but gets denied the simplest request.
You are the guy on a team planned for 6 MTs, but made up of only 4 MTs.
You are first choice for NCs and hot jobs, but not “lead material.”
You are convinced that, between shareholders, executives, managers, and labor, labor is always going to be the last to reap any benefits and the first to sacrifice.
You are sure that no matter what management says, the majority of the problems and cost overruns at BSC are not caused by boots on the ground, but rather by butts in chairs.
You know me. We have so much in common.
We want to make Boeing South Carolina world class.
We have been patient.
We are tired of waiting.
We are ready for things to change for the better.
We know only time changes without action.
We are ready for our voices to be heard, and not to be targeted because of it.
We know it is time to unite, so it’s not one voice alone, but thousands demanding to be treated as valued professionals, not beasts of burden.
You know…It’s time.
You know it is time.
It’s time for the IAM.
It’s time to go to www.boeingworkers.com and sign your card.
It’s time to ask your co-workers if they signed theirs.
It’s time to be able to ask, “WHY?”
Am I someone you know?