South Carolina and the “New Aviation Center of the East Coast”

July 28, 2010 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Boeing will invest $750 million and create 3,800 jobs in a massive expansion in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Labor Factor weighed heavily into Boeing’s decision to make this move.

In an article in The Seattle Times on December 8, 2009, Boeing spokesman Jim Proulx stated that “repeated labor disruptions have affected our performance…(the second assembly line) has to be able to go on regardless of what’s happening over here.” Jim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airlines, went further in saying that in choosing South Carolina over Washington State “the overriding factor was…that we couldn’t afford to have a work stoppage every three years…and continue the rate of escalation of wages.” One estimate has Boeing saving around $4 billion in wages and benefits at the Charleston facility over 20 years when compared to the package that Washington employees receive.

Read the complete story here.


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