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US: Boeing refuses pension survivor benefits for same-sex couples

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  1. Tom Eggebeen 25 Nov 2012, 2:58am

    Boeing has a horrible track record on labor relations … http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&File_Id=2283

  2. Does boeing get any favourable status from Washington state. Do they ever get any special treatment? Money, Tax breaks etc. etc. etc.?

    If they do, maybe that should stop?

  3. I for one am never going to buy another boeing plane.

  4. hopefully more airline will then purchase Airbus.

    Why should a partner not received the same pension plan as their straight workers

    lee

    1. Because in almost all countries on this planet we are officially second-class citizens. Look no further.

  5. That There Other David 25 Nov 2012, 8:37am

    Just one more reason why the odious “Defense of Marriage Act” needs to be overturned.

  6. It sounds like thee is a fair amount of back-pedaling going on. They have claimed to be anti-discrimination and will know that bad publicity like this can be damaging. This issue serves us well in highlighting the need to bring equality to a federal level.

    1. According to The Advocate:
      Boeing joined other major corporations with ties to Washington in advocating for the passage of the marriage equality law earlier this year [but] did not join an amicus brief filed last year by nearly 50 corporations in federal court in Massachusetts against the Defense of Marriage Act.

  7. What a wasted opportunity for Boeing to lead the way in Washington.

    Funny how companies can chose to side with either federal or state law when it suits them. What would happen if they went against state federal law on this issue? Probably nothing.

    I do wish I had a choice on which planes I flew when going a flight.

  8. Tight-fisted homophobic cynics.
    Boycott them. Big corporations only ever usually notice losing money.

  9. I don’t think this decision has necessarily been fueled by homophobic discrimination, it may simply be greed. The law allows Boeing to refuse to pay money to a certain portion of the population, which saves Boeing money. I mean, it’s disgusting and vile either way, but corporate greed may be the simpler explanation here.

  10. “Any assertion that Boeing discriminates is blatantly false and, quite frankly, offensive”.

    No, the fact that you have never given equal benefits to gay employees and still don’t, despite a change in state law – that is what’s truly offensive here.

  11. Boeing can do this because of another of Backtrack Obama’s failures/refusals; to strike down DOMA. (yeah, yeah, pile in, parrots; badcommentbadcommentbad commentbadcomment..blah blah blah)

    1. Not everybody hero worships the current President. It strikes me that the assault on DOMA should be from the point of view of States’ rights and could even be achieved by, gasp, an alliance of Democrats and old-fashioned moderate and Constitutionalist Republicans (if any still exist).

    2. I think Obama’s already done everything in his power to scrap DOMA. I’m not sure what else you think he could do. In the American system presidents don’t introduce legislation, and they don’t even have the power to compel their own party to vote a particular way on anything. Even when Democrats had majorities in both houses of Congress we didn’t have the votes to repeal DOMA, since every vote is a free vote in our system. Even LBJ levels of arm-twisting wouldn’t have gotten us there. Maybe with ENDA, but not DOMA. I think Obama correctly calculated that the quickest route to DOMA’s demise is through the courts, and if the Supreme Court strikes down section 3 of DOMA next June, as most people expect, it will be in part because Obama directed his DoJ to stop defending the constitutionality of the law. He certainly deserves criticism for his inaction on ENDA, but blaming him for DOMA seems a little misguided.

  12. The illiterate, thick idiot mouthpiece from Boeing needs to look up the meaning of ‘discriminate against’ and to learn that ‘impact’ is a noun, not a verb.

    1. Impact is both a noun and a verb. Still he is a thick, idiot, mouthpiece nonetheless.

  13. Agree with Boeing! Gays became crazy!

    1. Boeing prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, provides health insurance for same-sex partners, including dental, vision, COBRA and dependent coverage benefits, and offers transgender-inclusive insurance coverage, including surgical procedures. Glad to hear you agree with them.

    2. Gays became crazy, when? En Masse? Citation needed I think.

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