It's interesting to note that Tom Brokaw is going to emcee the 7-08-07 787 rollout ceremony. I wonder if he knows who he is going to be on stage with? Maybe he would have declined the event if he knew what Boeing management was really like. I suppose, then, he hasn't seen this website yet. Getting Tom Brokaw to do the event was a good move on Boeing's part. However, whatever credibility he lends Boeing Management by being on stage with them, he will subtract the same amount of credibility from himself. I hope what he was paid for this was worth it to him. Some celebrities are very careful who they perform such associations with.
I was at the 777 rollout ceremony put on by Dick Clark productions. It was a big thing, but nothing as big as the 787 PR extravaganza. Someone told me I appeared on the slide show they put on during the ceremony. I was distracted at the moment and apparently missed it. Alan Mulally spoke, of course, the guy who would wage a one sided war against Boeing's unions and outsource almost all of 787 production. He was the one that told us union workers that we "didn't have a divine right to our standard of living." Things went down hill from there. I've never heard, however, his opinion on whether God gave him his kingly station in life, or not. To be fair, I guess he would have to say also that he had no such right to his standard of living. Curiously, however, he tried to take much away from union workers like me, while getting more and more compensation for himself. People that say life is fair are indeed idiots.
During our last IAM contract negotiation with Boeing when we went on strike, I did something I had wanted to do during previous strikes, but had not. The day we voted on the contract offer that would end the strike, I drove to Jerry Calhoun's (the chief negotiator for Boeing and V.P. of H.R.) house in Seattle and picketed briefly in front of his house. I knew I may never have such a chance again as strikes are not predictable.
It was one of those things you had to do to just say you did it. CEOs and such high corporate managers never seem to suffer at all for all the misery they impose on their workforce during a strike they forced by trying to take more benefits away in good times for the company. If someone picketed their house, maybe the strike they forced would seem more relevant to them personnaly. However, that assumes a conscience exists in these managers, which is another blog in itself.
Anyway, I strolled back and forth down the sidewalk in front of Jerry Calhoun's (who would later be the one who personally signed off on my termination) house holding my official union and my homemade for the occasion picket signs in the ultra well to do Lake Washington view neighborhood. He had a nice front yard, with white picket fence and well manicured landscaping. His house reminded me of the Amityville horror house in style. Anyway, I stayed very little time, and had my picture taken in front of his house picketing, then left for Alan Mulally's house on Mercer Island to do the same thing. It was getting dark, but I got there, surprised he didn't live in some gated community. Curiously. there was a mountaineering style tent pitched in his front yard for some reason. I picketed in front of his mailbox and had my picture taken, however I don't think his house is in the shot as it was using flash at dusk, and the house was set far back from the mailbox. I don't think Calhoun or Mulally were home at the time as they were probably at BCA HQ waiting for the union vote on the contract to be announced. Oh well, at least I can say I picketed their houses, although I'm probably not the first union worker at Boeing to do so. On the way home I heard on the radio that we voted to accept the latest contract, and the strike was over.
Maybe other union workers at Boeing can make this a tradition in the future, although 24/7, and not just a "do it to say I did it" walk by picketing. Dory Monson was/is a local radio talk show host who I used to listen to until he seemed to have a stroke one weekend and his whole personality seemed to change from a person whose opinions were well reasoned out to a person who all of a sudden had an extreme right wing agenda based on class warfare against the poor (likely a ratings driven change). He had a "100 things to do before I die" list he would occasionally do things off of during his broadcasts. Anyway, picketing the houses of BCA Executives during a strike, was, I guess, one of those "hundred things" for me I can cross off.
Today's Daily Report Quote:
This quote is also from my addendum (supplement) to my first report.
Please investigate the lack of process inspections on the NCOs (Non-Conformance Orders) that support each NCR (Non-Conformance Record). This is evidence of the self-inspection of rework and repairs done per the NCRs by vendors and Boeing personnel, even when throwing out consideration of the extensive roller stamping of the limited process inspections that do exist on the NCOs. Each NCO must reiterate exactly the disposition per the revision of the NCR it works and then detailany process inspections required to accomplish that disposition. It is not the engineer’s job to detail the required inspections, it is M.E. (Manufacturing Engineering) planning’s, or the QA Approver’s job, whomever makes up the NCO. It is not being done, or is being done very sporadically. Therefore, repairs and rework are being done without the required inspection of that work. This is work that is beyond the minor defects reworked by rework-type NCOs. These are significant defects that, except for some vendor items, are more critical to the safety of the product generally. Our QA Management may try to tell you that, even though the required inspections are missing, that somehow the inspector had enough integrity to find out which inspections were needed and did them, even though there is no evidence of them on the NCO. Nope. Doesn’t happen, except for maybe me. Even though there is sometimes no separate blending inspection and sometimes shop puts up a damage repair NCO with all the blending already done and finished to where you can’t see if they blended out the damage correctly or not, I’ll let them know to make sure they come and get me to OK the blend prior to finishing, at least on the next NCO. I’ve grown pretty good at seeing a bad blending job through multiple layers of primer because of our lack of in-process inspections on NCOs. Please audit at least the last years NCOs for lack of required process inspections. There should be the same process inspections on the NCOs that would have been on the job that did the original work that is being redone, and, in the case of a blend and finish NCO, an "inspect blend," "inspect first finish" (alodine, primer, etc.), "inspect second finish" (primer, top coat), as applicable. There should also be hole inspections, if C/T (Close Tolerance) holes are drilled on the NCOs. If a Removal Record was filled out for the NCO, then the required inspections may be documented in the "Additional Information" block of the Removal Record, instead of on the NCO, but don’t hold your breath while looking for a required Removal Record for an NCR, they probably don’t exist (see item 7 above). They also could be on an "alternate authority" G/L (Greenline) or B/L (Blueline) (job), but those are not common. If they are not on the NCO, they probably don’t exist and weren’t done. If so, please write us up for each occurrence of uninspected repair/rework done on an NCO.