Feel free to add labor contract brinkmanship to the endless, Sisyphian saga of the Dreamliner. As expected, Boeing's applying for a permit to open a second line of production on the beleaguered plane in Charleston, South Carolina.
That doesn't mean the line will be there, says Boeing, only that they'll have a permit to put it there--where the machinists are looking to leave their union. (The local machinists, of course, struck last year.) Boeing says "production stability will be a factor" in where it sites the line, meaning it's expecting concessions and commitments out of the local machinists if the line is to stay. What ever happened to the good ol' days of Boeing contract negotiations?