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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Union members celebrate the turn down of the proposed Boeing Corporation contract Wednesday night at the Internal Association of Machinists District 751 Headquarters in Seattle, Nov. 13, 2013. The vote would have secured production of the new Boeing 777x for the Seattle area in exchange for heavy worker contract cuts. The union voted to turn down the new contract by 67 percent. (AP Photo/The Herald, Genna Martin)
NYT’s Egan on the awful reason why Boeing is looking at Utah ...

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Could Utah be in mix for new Boeing plant? — Tom Wharton | The Salt Lake Tribune

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Talks » The company is looking around after the union in Washington state rejected contract offer over benefit cuts.

The meaning:

Under My Thumb — Tim Egan | The New York Times

"SEATTLE — This is how the middle class dies, not with a bang, but a forced squeeze. After a global corporation posts record profits, it asks the state that has long nurtured its growth for the nation’s biggest single tax break, and then tells the people who make its products that their pension plan will be frozen, their benefits slashed, their pay raises meager. Take it or we leave. And everyone caves. ...

"... Boeing is on a roll, its stock at a record high despite the troubled rollout of its 787 Dreamliner, and the pay of its C.E.O. boosted 20 percent to a package totaling $27.5 million last year. It is not impelled, as the auto industry was five years ago, in the midst of bailouts and cutbacks. Boeing could afford to be generous, or at least not onerous. But it’s easier to play state against state, the race to the bottom."



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