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  •  IANAL but I rather think that it would (1+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge

    be possible to craft a union contract that had the effect of preserving benefits for survivors of a same-sex marriage without ever getting into a conflict with ERISA or DOMA.  Perhaps one could just have the company commit to paying the equivalent of whatever would have been to amount, out of another account.

    I rather expect that the money involved isn't likely to be significant to Boeing in the larger scheme of things - this may be routine gamesmanship in a contract negotiation, it could be that the Boeing lawyers honestly think that they have no choice given the precise wording of the laws involve, or it could be Boeing being a jerk.  I think that which of these is the case will become apparent over time.

    And I will personally commit, that until this is resolved in favor of equality, I will NOT buy even a single Boeing jet!


    •  We do see end-run arounds (1+ / 0-)
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      on other issues. DOMA prevents same-sex couples from filing joint tax returns and from paying for benefits like health-insurance out of pre-tax wages, creating economic disparities between same-sex couples and equally situated opposite sex coupled employees.

      Companies like Google, Barclays and others have fixed that by paying their same-sex couples the difference, so their take home pay is the same.

      It seems to me, if a company has the desire to create an equitable work environment they are able, their hands are not tied, particularly one of Boeing's means.

      Supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Adlai Stevenson: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

      by Scott Wooledge on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 10:44:13 AM PST

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