Boeing Management Fails its Workers Yet Again

Truly sad news Friday. Even I wanted Boeing to win the KC-X competition, if controls were put in place to protect the warfighter and taxpayer from continuing Boeing management fraud.

It is rightly just, then that the stock “tanks” today, after the tanker loss, fittingly negating the value of Boeing mismanagement stock options upon whose value they commit much of the fraud I witnessed. Hopefully employees will not be affected to any extent by such a loss to the stock price. Hopefully most Boeing employees did what I did, which was to never put any 401K money in Boeing stock and always sell Sharevalue shares at the earliest opportunity. I did so because I, just as most Boeing employees should have experienced and acted accordingly, knew how really badly the company was run internally and a few of the skeletons Boeing management was hiding in the closet as far as the fraud I witnessed as I was threatened with my job if I too did not engage in it.

Regardless of what has been said of why Boeing lost, I believe strongly that what the Air Force knew independent of any external source of Boeing management’s continuing “ethical” problems half a decade past the Druyun/Boeing scandal that made Boeing the most risky proposal before it.

Indeed, the workers at Boeing are blameless in this loss. Boeing management is solely responsible for this loss for many reasons. Boeing would have likely won the original tanker contract if Boeing top management had not decided to ensure it was iced by bribing the top A/F procurement official with favors for her and her family. That directly led to this “recompete” in which the political climate and Boeing management’s public reputation are very different than what they were before the Druyun scandal. Boeing management mistruths (intentional or unintentional) told to the press and investor community about the state of the 787 program didn’t help either.

People should realize, even though the outcome is unpalatable to any American who wants to protect American jobs and our ability to produce our own aircraft in times of war, that there was a competition held between two different contractors. Due to that very fact that a competition was held meant that Boeing could lose it, especially since the post Druyun reforms at the Air Force, which “took,” as opposed to the “reforms” in Boeing management.

One thing this loss proves is clear: The majority of employees at Boeing who thought we shouldn’t have to sign a yearly “Code of Conduct” because of the illegal and unethical actions of our management were right. It was simply an effort by Boeing management to spread the blame away from where it laid–at their feet. This and other meaningless actions in response to the Druyun/Boeing scandal led to the still largely unreformed corrupt management team in place at Boeing today, some of whose unethical and illegal continuing actions are detailed on my website.

It is this unreformed Boeing management team and their enablers in the Boeing Legal and Office of Internal Governance departments (that should be instead disabling such management corruption) that are to blame for the tanker loss and Boeing being seen as the highest risk company to do business with.

So, if you are a Boeing worker like I was, when you go to work on Monday you won’t have far to look for who really is to blame for the loss of the tanker contract. You won’t have to look across the ocean to another country. Or even out of state. You only have to look at your Boeing manager–they are the group of people that failed you–yet again–by their search of ever greater “value” to their bottom lines by any means, legally, ethically, or not. They outsourced your jobs on legacy programs and the 787 to maximize their bottom lines and take away yours. The results of their war on their own employees has backfired, as any rational management would have known. Almost every employee is counting the hours, minutes, and/or seconds to retirement, hating how they are really treated by management as a disposable and unwanted commodity, wondering if Boeing management’s next attempt to maximize their bottom lines will take away their job as well.

Ironically, Boeing management was being two-faced on this contract, which didn’t help its credibility with the Air Force either. Boeing did exactly what Northrop did on the 787 program–Northrop Grumman outsourced most of the work overseas–bringing in airplane sections built overseas to a Southern state whose work force is more adept at picking banjo next to river banks rather than anything remotely as complex as building airplanes–much less large and complex military airplanes, even though they will “only” be “snapping together” the airplane sections and performing testing and delivery. Perhaps this is in a way yet another rebuke, similar to the 787 delay debacles, to Boeing management by way of the Air Force for for the war Boeing has waged against its own employees. Maybe someone at the Air Force thought this was poetic justice for the noted outsourcing weakening our country much more than the Northrop Grumman outsourcing can ever do due to the many fewer planes whose work will be outsourced on the tanker program compared to the outsourcing by Boeing mismanagement on the 3500 or so projected 787s and other programs, both legacy and future, on which outsourcing will be used more and more as time goes on. Ironic, don’t ya think?

How does Boeing go forward and win the next major contracts? The answer is obvious–remove the source of the risk that the Air Force found unnacceptable in the tanker competition, and the sole reason for the loss of the tanker contract–get a new management team. Not just a few new faces in Chicago like in past Boeing management produced debacles, but any manager in any way tainted by corruption must go in order for Boeing to win again. That’s a hell of a lot of managers, and many first lines as well, as I can attest.

I feel just as any employee does in this devastating loss. Even I, one of Boeing’s most informed whistleblowers, advocated a Boeing win on this contract, if the proper controls were put in place, which I was confident was possible. It is sad our government has changed our procurement rules to allow apparently unlimited foreign content.

Our state officials may protest in Congress, but some of them know full well just how bad Boeing management still is and how they still use any means–ethical and legal or not–to meet financial targets.

Corrupt and incompetent Boeing management has long been the nemesis of the company’s reputation and of its own workers. A new management team could fix that. Perhaps this loss, if it has a silver lining, will be the catalyst that makes that happen sooner rather than later. The joy Boeing workers would have expressed hearing of a win instead of the loss of the tanker contract would be greatly exceeded by news of such a management change to a management that is not at war with its own workers and country, except when they bid on military programs.