Machinists: Murray works for this Washington

Leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers praised incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray for her work on behalf of Washington’s working families, and called on union members to support her in her re-election campaign. “Our candidates bring one word to the campaign — jobs,” said IAM&AW International President Tom Buffenbarger. ” We’ve got … Continue reading

WTO: $20 billion in Airbus aid was illegal

Airbus has received $20 billion in government loans that were in fact illegal subsidies, and used that money to develop its A300, A320, A330, A340 and A380 jets, the World Trade Organization has ruled. The appeals panel also found a long list of other specific instances when European governments provided direct and illegal aid to … Continue reading

Machinists ‘can, should, will’ build tanker

The decision by EADS to enter a solo bid for the U.S. Air Force’s tanker contract — after the Europeans were unable to find a U.S. partner to help with their expensive and oversized KC-45 — doesn’t really matter, District 751 President Tom Wroblewski said. “The Boeing tanker is the only one that makes sense … Continue reading

Skilled workers give Boeing the edge for tanker

EADS may be in the bidding for the U.S. Air Force tanker contract, but the Europeans have a huge disadvantage to overcome, analysts say – they don’t have skilled and experienced aerospace workers to assemble their plane in Alabama. “Boeing’s advantages are a mature industrial site in Everett, with a tremendously experienced work force. And … Continue reading

Boeing tanker still best choice, Wroblewski says

The aerospace world saw its own form of March Madness, with all the twists and turns in the Pentagon’s nine-year effort to buy replacements for its aging KC-135 tankers. But all the plot twists — and now, the potential 60-day deadline extension — can’t change the fact that the proposed Boeing NewGen tanker is the … Continue reading

Is outpouring of French whine linked to A400M?

Motley Fool writer Rich Smith is suggesting that the high-level Euro-trashing of the U.S. Air Force tanker bidding process is intended to put pressure on the U.S. government to place orders for the EADS-built A400M transport. As aerospace industry analysts Scott Hamilton and Richard Aboulafia have said, European leaders have no “legal leg to stand on … Continue reading

Analysts urge boycott of French whine

A pair of influential aerospace analysts have this advice for European politicians who are professing to be outraged by the apparent outcome of the U.S. Air Force’s tanker bidding. “Get over it,” wrote Leeham Co. analyst Scott Hamilton. “And move on.” Both Hamilton and Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia have come out in the past … Continue reading

Boeing tanker’s best, whether Northrop bids or not

Reports that Northrop Grumman has decided not to bid on a $35 billion U.S. Air Force contract don’t change anything as far as District 751 leaders are concerned. “Boeing’s NewGen tanker is the best choice for America’s military, its taxpayers and its economy, and that doesn’t change whether Northrop Grumman bids or not,” union leaders … Continue reading

Reports: Northrop won’t bid, but EADS might

The Seattle Times is reporting that Northrop Grumman has decided not to bid on the U.S. Air Force’s contract to buy 179 aerial refueling tankers, leaving the Boeing Co. as the only bidder. The Times report cites an unnamed source described only as “a person familiar with the details.” According to the Times, a formal … Continue reading

Union rejects request to help ‘Build Both’

District 751 has rejected a request from the organizers of the newly formed “Build Them Both” coalition to join with them, saying that the organization’s plan to force the Pentagon to buy tankers from both Boeing and Northrop Grumman is bad for America, bad for the state of Washington and bad for District 751 members. … Continue reading

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