Washington State is willing to bribe Boeing with 8 billion in tax incentives. This bribe to stay put in the state that made them the premier corporation for aviation and space travel amounts to five hundred thousand per job retained in state. In other words, the state is willing to give Boeing 500k per worker in tax incentives if they bless the state with the presence.
What is Boeing doing with such a sweet tax deal and with their efficient and loyal workers? they are completely ungrateful, they have offered an ultimatum, a take it or leave it offer to the state and the workers, give us more, give us everything, or we go to a "right to work state" where we won't have to work with unions, and where we won't have to respect our workers.
Is this really the right track to take when manufacturing billions of dollars in machines?
Boeing is threatening to move even more union labor jobs from Washington state, to their union free labor plant in south Carolina.
reports are that the south Carolina non-union plant is slow to build, causing massive delays on the production line. word is the workers at the Carolina plant make half as much as the workers in Washington state. The workers in the right to work state, get less work place rights, fewer benefits, no retirement package, and reduced wages.
should a profitable company, with 70 billion in revenue, that creates state of the art jets that carry millions of passengers a year, really look to reduce worker wages and benefits? Those workers have enough to worry about as far as quality control goes, do they really need to worry about job security and a hostile workplace?
We Must Raise the Minimum Wage. Raising wages, better than raising taxes.
There are plenty of pressing issues at the moment, but this one issue needs to be heard- NOW!
Inflation has ravaged wages, and salaries have become so stagnant that the country is beginning to resemble an impoverished nation.
You know when the right wing think-tank's do studies saying that welfare pays more than the minimum wage- well if some part of that welfare, say public housing in indexed to inflation, it actually is. Due to a lack of union power, wages no longer increase to inflation, but if one welfare program does, well you get the picture.
There is another angle to this, if we can raise the floor on wages, that will generate more FICA revenue, and less dependence on welfare programs. If tax revenues can go up, and public assistance goes down, the deficit will begin to shrink without having to cut any assistance programs, and it will shrink without raising tax brackets.
the working poor, The Working Poor, THE WORKING POOR!
We need to eradicate this term!
If walmart charged one buck more per cart of items they could easily raise all workers wages by a few bucks an hour. Those workers that got raises would then turn around and spend that money right back at walmart and other local stores. so, no, profits would probably go up.
Same goes for fast food. Maybe if they paid their workers more, they could afford to eat out and spend that money at locally owned stores. All it would cost would be a few cents extra for the price of a burger.
prices are going up either way, i remember when a fast food meal cost 3 bucks, now it costs 7 or eight bucks. Inflation is killing everyone, but if wages don't go up to counter that inflation, we all suffer.
and if they make enough to eat, some people won't need public assistance in the form of food stamps.
A MCD meal in NYC costs an hour of work.
Should a worker have to waste one hour of wages to eat poor quality, GMO laced, unhealthy food?
They lose another hour of wages on transportation costs.
Food doesn't come cheaper than MCD in NYC, but buying lunch will cost them an hour of work.
Do the math, an eight hour work day, and two of those hourly wages are spent on subsistence and transit. The minimum wage therefore is meaningless (in that it doesn't cover the cost of living) in large cities where the cost of living is astronomical.