posted on Jan, 5 2014 @ 02:59 AM
reply to post by schuyler
First off I owe you an apology for my smart *** reply to your last post. I reacted that way because of the terrible coverage the media has been giving
this and not because of anything you said.
I make a decent wage and my benefits package is fairly substantial. This is not to say that I do not earn my money. I work hard and I have a skill set
that enables me to make decent money. I guess my problem comes from sarcastic criticism that is given by people that do not earn as much. I feel like
I need to feel guilty because I sought out a better life for me and my family.
I have had many ten dollar an hour jobs. If it were not for Boeing I would be back there again. The thing is, when I made ten bucks and hour I kept
trying, and applied for better jobs, and acquired skills and took classes until I had the skills to make better money. If folks are applying for ten
dollar an hour jobs that is what they are going to get!
We just took a substantial blow to our future wages. We did not lock in 100,000 a year by any means, but instead just signed on for only a 4% pay
increase in the next 12 years, and you can bet the cost of living is going to go up way more than that 4%. We also signed away our pensions which for
a guy like me that works hard just to make ends meet is a big blow as I am not able to save much money for my retirement.
I voted for this contract to keep working for the next 12 years plain and simple. Nobody wanted this contract and the margin that it passed by showed
that. We were bullied into signing it by the company threatening to sell our jobs away to other states.
The Anti Boeing rants are getting very old. Not looking for sympathy from you or anyone else, but I should not have to hang my head because I fought
for and got a decent job. Nobody should. It is an accomplishment and an honor and the way the media has portrayed us as greedy union workers for not
wanting to give concessions when the company has rode on our backs to record breaking profits in the last few years is shameful.