- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The hits just keep coming to Boeing Co. The company has emerged from the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner to face a possible union strike of roughly 23,000 of its engineers and technical workers.

Bloomberg reports voting ends tonight to determine whether union members will walk off the job, in protest of their retirement benefits. Depending on how the voting goes, the Seattle-based union could call for an immediate strike, according to Bloomberg.

That’s going to slow Boeing’s efforts to climb out of the financial hole that was dug due its Dreamliner problems. Further, it’s union workers who are trying to determine the source of two battery failures that led to the 787’s grounding in mid-January, Bloomberg reported.

“The timing would just be horrible,” said Brad Lawrence, chief executive officer of Esterline Technologies Corp., in Bloomberg. “To have your engineers’ union to be this disconnected that it would walk out right when your company needs you most, it would just be horrible.”

 

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