The Boeing Company
The Boeing Company is one of the world’s leading aerospace companies and is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing also designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station for NASA as well as numerous military and commercial airline support services. The company employs more than 160,000 people across the U.S. and in 70 countries. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries world-wide and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. The company values innovation and is continually expanding their product line and services to meet emerging customer needs (About Us).
Boeing generates $66 billion in revenues from their global aerospace and defense markets and conducts business through three operating segments. Boeing Commercial Aircraft (BCA; 50% of revenues and 49% of operating profits in 2007) and EADS's 80%-owned Airbus division are the world's only makers of 130-plus seat passenger jets. Integrated Defense Systems (IDS; 48%, 48%) is the world's second largest military contractor behind Lockheed Martin Corp. Boeing Capital Corp. (2%, 3%) primarily finances commercial aircraft for airlines (Business).
A labor union is an organization of wage earners or salary workers established for the purpose of protecting their collective interests when dealing with employers. There are about 5 main steps in becoming a union:
1. Know your legal rights – Attend meetings during non-work time to discuss joining a union, talk about the union whenever other non-work talk is allowed, read and distribute union literature as long as you do this in non-work areas during non-work times, sign a card or petition to show support for a union, and ask other employees to support the union.