EVERETT, WA——More than 1,800 union members will soon leave Boeing under a buyout plan offered last month, the first step in a continuing company job-cutting effort that’s expected to include layoffs later this year. The machinists union said 1,500 of its members applied for a buyout and were approved to leave the company. The engineering union said 305 of its members were approved and are expected to leave the company in April.
When Boeing was founded 100 years ago, engineers were concerned about how to use wiring to brace wings. As aircraft became more complex, engineers turned their attention to solving numerous wire harness assembly challenges. Many of their innovative solutions have been chronicled in the pages of ASSEMBLY magazine.
CHICAGO—Boeing is actively encouraging its suppliers to outsource work to Mexico. Patrick McKenna, director of supply chain strategy and supplier management at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, has urged suppliers to attend a Nov. 15 workshop in Chicago to learn how to do business in Mexico.
NEW YORK—Four of the nation’s largest manufacturers—General Electric Co., Alcoa Inc., Boeing Co. and Lockheed-Martin Corp.—have launched an initiative to teach manufacturing skills to 15,000 veterans, who would then be hired by the four companies or matched to other jobs.