As suggested previously here, however, it looks as though the Machinists in the Seattle area facilities will be getting some extended downtime, whether they like it or not.
SEATTLE – Boeing sent a notice to employees at its commercial jet factories Friday warning of layoffs in May.
Workers at the company’s Washington state factories were informed by their union that Boeing had issued a federally-required notice that “involuntary layoffs were scheduled for May.” Orders for their twin-aisle airliners have fallen significantly of late, and since about half of the company's nearly 150,000 employees work on the commercial side, that's where most of the cuts are headed. This development will not affect the roughly 1700 employees in the Portland (actually, Gresham) unit - they'll continue to design, fabricate, and assemble flap systems for both commercial and military jets.
Given the economic situation in Oregon, that's good news, as the state continues to bleed corporate headquarters and hundreds of jobs due to Democrat policies.
Starting next month, J.C. Penney will close five stores around the state:
- Downtown Astoria
- Grants Pass Shopping Center
- Downtown La Grande
- Downtown Pendleton
- The Dalles Main Street
Personally, we'll be completely unaffected; we don't shop at places like Sears or Penney. If they can pay for big television ads featuring grinning folks sprinting around with shopping bags, they don't need our money. And frankly, they don't have anything we need anyway. Nonetheless, the closures have to be a real drag on the economies of places like La Grande and Astoria.
Bill Hunsinger, the Port of Astoria's commissioner, told wildlife commissioners Kitzhaber's plan has not worked. "And we know it, all of us know it."
He said following Washington's policies would mean the death of "150 to maybe 200 small businesses" who rely on commercial gill-netters to survive. "Is that what we want to do in today's environment?" he asked.
I was unaware that Astoria has 150 to 200 small businesses that rely on gill-netters to survive. Frankly, that seems like a huge exaggeration. There are, after all, a total of some 85 gill-net permits in the state, and virtually all of them are held by part-time guys who make around $10,000 a year from gill-nets. So really, Bill? You really expect me to believe that as many as 200 businesses depend on part-time gill-netters for their survival?
Recreational marijuana may be legal in the Pacific Northwest, but it seems that you should cut back on your use of the stuff.