Analyst: Competitors little threat to Boeing, Airbus

LYNNWOOD — The obstacles facing newcomers in the aerospace industry are so great that new competitors have little chance of seriously challenging the Boeing Co. and Airbus in the next decade, a noted industry analyst said. Teal Group Vice President Richard Aboulafia said he expects China’s Comac will deliver only eight of its new C919 … Continue reading

Machinists use IAM benefits to help Boeing save money

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is making significant improvements to the way 767s are assembled — thanks to a trio of IAM members who used their union-negotiated benefits to get college training. The group has already identified — and helped implement — steps that have resulted in six-figure savings for the company. Now managers are … Continue reading

Wroblewski: Benefits of deal go far beyond Boeing

EVERETT — This essay by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 President Tom Wroblewski appeared in The Herald newspaper on Dec. 24: This year, 2011, will loom large in aviation history. It’s the year the first 787 was delivered, as well as the first of the new 747-8s. It’s the year the U.S. Air Force finally … Continue reading

Tanker fight ‘toughest thing’ in Dicks’ DC career

SEATTLE — The fight over the U.S. Air Force’s tanker contract was “the toughest thing I’ve been involved with in Washington, D.C.,” Congressman Norm Dicks said Thursday. The ebb and flow of Boeing’s fortunes – “we won it, we lost it, then we won it a second time” – was draining, as was the fight … Continue reading

Work with unions to benefit company, community

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 President Tom Wroblewski issued this statement, which was published March 24 in the Renton Reporter: “Freelance writer Tish Gregory’s recent Renton Reporter column was right about one thing: next year’s contract talks between Boeing, the Machinists Union and SPEEA will be important. “But she’s got two things dead … Continue reading

Unions: Working together brought tanker win

SEATTLE – Leaders of the unions representing Boeing workers around Puget Sound — Tom McCarty of SPEEA and Tom Wroblewski of the Machinists Union — issued this statement last week, congratulating elected officials, Boeing management and the company’s skilled union workers for their recent win in the KC-46A tanker contract. It was published March 12 in The … Continue reading

Tanker win shows value of experienced workforce

SEATTLE — Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, issued the following statement after executives of EADS North America said Friday that they would not protest a Pentagon decision to award a contract to build Air Force refueling tankers to Boeing: “Today’s announcement by EADS means that – at long last – … Continue reading

Union: Teamwork delivers a tanker triumph

District 751 Machinists say that a winning bid from Boeing to provide aerial refueling tankers to the U.S. Air Force will allow them to start planning for their futures. “I can plan for retirement,” said Mike Carp, a 767 assembly worker in Everett. “I can plan for my kids going to school. I can be … Continue reading

‘IAM was a big deal on this,’ Boeing CEO says

EVERETT — The hard work of Machinists was a  key factor in Boeing’s win in the KC-X tanker bidding, said both the union’s district president  — and Boeing’s CEO. It has been an “incredible partnership,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751. For 10 years,  “we have worked hand-in-hand on this issue – on the political … Continue reading

Machinists cheer Pentagon tanker decision

SEATTLE – Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 in Seattle, made the following statement after the Pentagon announced it had accepted Boeing’s bid to provide an American-built tanker for the U.S. Air Force: “Today’s news – that after nearly 10 long years, the Pentagon has finally seen the light and decided … Continue reading

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