A Slog reader and soon to be unemployed 26-year Boeing worker points out via email that the profit-laden aerospace giant is already pulling jobs out of the Puget Sound region:
The big uproar was "give Boeing money or we'll lose jobs in Washington!" What I haven't seen is any mention that Boeing is eliminating jobs RIGHT NOW. Between 3 and 10% of the engineering groups are getting laid off RIGHT NOW, but I haven't seen anything about it in the media.
They say that a recession is when your neighbor loses his job, and a depression is when you lose your job. I'm now depressed, as I'll be out of work in mid December. The (only) highlight of me losing my job is seeing the reaction on people's faces when I tell them that I'm being laid off at Boeing after working there for twenty six years. Usually the reaction is dismay, with a "those Bastards!" quickly following.
So Boeing is shedding jobs today, but nobody is talking about it.
Thanks for the attention.
Governor Jay Inslee recently called an emergency special session to hand Boeing $8.7 billion in tax breaks, but that won't stop Boeing from laying off workers like Webb, just before the holidays. Because who needs engineers, right? They're just airplanes.
FYI, if you want to show your solidarity with Boeing Workers, there's a 4 p.m. Community & Labor Rally today Seattle's Westlake Park.