The Seattle Times reported on March 20 that Boeing issued new 60-day layoff notices to about 900 employees. This brings to mind another situation from the past. Several years ago, a significant number of Boeing machinists were given layoff notices, U.S. machinists lost jobs, and Boeing began making parts in PRC (People’s Republic of China). Shortly after that a Boeing machinist reported to me that the parts coming from China were poorly made, so bad in fact that those machinists left in Seattle were having to re-machine them before they could even be used. Do you wonder if any of these parts are the problem parts noted by QA specialists at Boeing, who’ve been reportedly beat up for writing up those failings on inspection reports? It also makes questioning if Boeing is outsourcing even more work to the PRC or other nations where Boeing hopes to sell more products. -GFS


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