I have generally refrained from making observations on current events in the aerospace world. Today’s an exception.
The union of Boeing machinists has rejected Boeing latest contract offer, which Boeing was using to extract pension and benefit concessions from the workforce, else they will move the work for the proposed 777X elsewhere.
I’m not taking sides in the argument. But I do suggest this:
Boeing managers, this is what happens when you treat your skilled engineers and technicians like chess pieces to move around on the board. They sweated blood for you on the 777 and 787. This is how you thank such sacrifice?
Union employees, this is what happens when you entrust your career and future to a large lumbering giant, in a world of ageing workforces, ballooning debts and unrealistic expectations. Nice cushy pensions and benefits (for either managers or workers) are not realistic expectations. Quit trying to live in a world that’s long gone. Start preparing for an ex-Boeing life.
Both sides: Wake up, quit trying to fight old battles, and collaborate to reinvent Big Commercial Aerospace in the 21st Century.
And those of us spectating from the sidelines in this particular skirmish, don’t smirk. This problem is coming your way soon. Plan for it now.
Big Aerospace needs to be reinvented. It needs to re-learn how to think Light. Nimble. Agile. Collaborative.
Otherwise it might soon become Small Aerospace.