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Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
posted at 10:41 am on November 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s the inevitable follow-up on the election of a Socialist to the Seattle City Council — although perhaps sooner than anyone would have thought.  Boeing has tried working for years with its unions in the state of Washington, but still cannot reach agreements on labor contracts for its manufacturing facilities.  The aerospace giant has looked for other regions in the US to build its planes, which has angered the unions and the Obama administration. It’s also provided an opportunity for Seattle’s newest councilmember to launch her anti-capitalist agenda, and she’s wasted no time in doing so … even before officially taking office:

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    Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant told Boeing machinists her idea of a radical option, should their jobs be moved out of state

    “The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night. …

    On Monday night, she spoke to supporters of Boeing Machinists, six days after they rejected a contract guaranteeing jobs in Everett building the new 777X airliner for eight years, in exchange for new workers giving up their guaranteed company pensions.

    Now Boeing is threatening to take those jobs to other states. “That will be nothing short of economic terrorism because it’s going to devastate the state’s economy,” she said.


So what wouldn’t be “economic terrorism”? Seizing the company’s property, of course:

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    Sawant is calling for machinists to literally take-possession of the Everett airplane-building factory, if Boeing moves out. She calls that “democratic ownership.”

    “The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don’t need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” she said.


Well, Seattle voters elected her, so they get what they deserve, but perhaps we should point out a couple of inconvenient realities for Sawant.  The machinists don’t own the plants, but that’s only just the beginning.  Unless the machinists own the designs, they can’t build the planes unless licensed by those who do.  And where will they get the raw materials with which to build the planes? Who pays for the energy necessary to operate the machines?

That’s not to say that the machinists can’t build their own planes, of course.  They could open up their own business, design their own planes, and build planes themselves, but they’ll need to find an awful lot of capital with which to do it.  That means they’d still have to deal with executive management imposed by the VC sources and labor cost controls, which would certainly include getting rid of any notion of defined-benefit pension systems.  Then they’d need to compete on price in order to sell the planes, and find people willing to buy them at all when Boeing is still producing proven models in South Carolina.

That is “democratic ownership.” What Sawant demands is outright theft, and we’ve seen the results of it from China to Russia to Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Besides, Sawant doesn’t want machinists to build planes anyway:

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“We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.


War machines? Boeing wants to build another series of commercial airliners.  When KIRO informed Sawant of that, she replied that she was was “referring to drones when speaking of war machines.”

Hey, Seattle … you elected her. Have fun. The rest of certainly will … at your expense.

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Re: Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 02:54:46 PM »
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    “We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.
 
and the CAPITAL for this will come from where?  thin air?  Is there a liberal alive who has taken a single economics or business class.
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Re: Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 05:31:36 PM »
It was killing me not to respond to this at work. The woman is Batshi$$ crazy. But what's really crazy is how the IAM union members could stand there and applaud her every word.   

She has only been in office a few days - we have only begun to hear the crazy things that will come out of this  socialist mouth. 
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Re: Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 05:42:08 PM »
Boeing's fighters aren't even built in Seattle.

Typical stupid commie.
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Re: Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2013, 06:19:19 PM »
Her husban works at Microsoft. I'm waiting to see if she demands taking over that profit making machine, too.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2013, 06:19:35 PM by NavyCanDo »
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Re: Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2013, 06:42:01 PM »
I got a real eye opening of who IAM Machinist  really are - or at least the radicals within the Union who make all of their rules.   As a salaried non-union Boeing employee sitting at my desk I see an hourly worker (IAM) trying to move a large 8ft long display board on wheels around a corner in our office area. He was struggling with it because the corner was too tight.   Doing what only came naturally I said "here let me help you" and while  he pulled I moved the tail end around the corner and he was good to go. All of a sudden I hear a man yelling saying,  "Hey, yea I'm talking to you,  what the hell you think you're doing, keep your hands off that".    It was a Union thug who popped out of one of the cubicles, who went on about how he's going to report my actions (Non-Union worthless dirt bag helping a Union employee, how dare I).

Now not all IAM is like that. I know many of them who are good people and don't wear their Union on their sleeve, but there is a certain percentage of them that are radicals, and who I would not be shocked that they would find taking over the company and kicking all management and Salaried people out the gate a good idea.   
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Re: Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 07:13:25 PM »
 
and the CAPITAL for this will come from where?  thin air?  Is there a liberal alive who has taken a single economics or business class.

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Re: Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2013, 10:14:37 PM »
Paging John Galt...

Please pack up your things at Twentieth Century Motors and catch the next train for Washington State.

Your services are required there.
« Last Edit: November 23, 2013, 12:31:55 PM by Fishrrman »


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