Everyone needs to send Mr. Conner a reply to his ridiculous letter…. Here is mine.
From: Falkowski, Robert J
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:05 AM
To: Ray Conner
Subject: RE: Update on 777X site selection
As a Union member and an AMT on the 787 flightline in Everett, (which is a total manufacturing debacle.) I find your letter quite insulting.
Firstly, the reason I say that is for the simple fact you have shown you have no respect for the people that have worked days, weekends and many months doing what we do to rescue the 787 program. We have bent over backwards to help this company dig itself out of the hole that the 787 has created. I personally have spent my holidays here and more weekend than I care to imagine doing my best to help turn the program around.
As a company your greatest asset is the people that produce the products you sell and without them you have no product or company. I shouldn’t need to tell you that, but it seems as if you don’t see it that way. The entire process you have created with the 777X is far from any “Working Together” or any type of proactive company/ employee relation program the company preaches to make the company more successful.
Secondly, if in fact what you say is true, why didn’t you and your leadership team collaborate with the assets that currently build the products that make this company successful and ask us!? Ask us what we can do to create a competitive environment to beat the competition and again become the world class commercial plane manufacture in the world. You Mr. Conner chose the contrary. You secretly met and negotiated with individuals who have no idea what it takes to build an airplane let alone how to make the company more successful. I find that disrespectful.
Instead, we have now been put into a position of coercion and a take it or leave it scenario. You have basically destroyed any positive relationship that existed or would have ever existed. The years it will take to mend that relationship can only be estimated in decades.
Lastly, I would think a person who began as an IAM member would have more compassion toward the entity that helped you become successful. I find this whole contract situation unbelievable and outrageous.
Robert J. Falkowski