Inslee puts aerospace at center of his jobs plan

LYNNWOOD — Gov. Jay Inslee wants to add room for 500 more students in aerospace training programs at Washington’s community colleges. Inslee also told members of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance that he wants to double the number of aerospace training programs for high school students at vocational skills centers statewide. His goal is to … Continue reading

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

Trade deals to create aerospace jobs, opportunity

HAMBURG, Germany – Two trade agreements signed by Washington’s Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee on Friday have the potential to create new jobs for the state’s residents while also generating new opportunities for Washington aerospace companies. That’s according to Machinists Union District Lodge 751 representatives who took part in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s trade mission to Europe. … 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

Union supports call for tanker investigation

EVERETT — Machinists Union officials say they strongly support U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s call for hearings into the mismanagement of U.S. Air Force tanker bidding data. “Thank you Senator Cantwell for standing up and being a voice on this,” said Jim Bearden, the administrative assistant at Machinists Union District Lodge 751. Bearden called the mix-up — … Continue reading

IAM: Washington tax breaks not ‘trade-distorting’

Airbus or any other aerospace manufacturer would get the same Washington state aerospace tax breaks that Boeing got when it agreed to build the 787 here in 2003. Because of that, it seems unlikely that they are a factor in the World Trade Organization’s new ruling in the trade dispute between the United States and … Continue reading

Machinists: Murray’s for jobs, Dino’s for … what?

Leadership of Machinists District Lodge 751 responded sharply today after Washington state Republicans put out an online ad that suggested Sen. Patty Murray has not been an advocate for aerospace jobs in Washington. “The truth is Sen. Murray has fought for our jobs,” the union said. “If it wasn’t for her and Congressman Norm Dicks, … 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

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

Dicks: ‘I hope EADS comes to its senses’

EADS should do the smart thing and not place a bid for the U.S. Air Force’s tanker contract, U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks said at a Seattle fundraising breakfast. The oversized, French-built tanker would be too expensive to buy and too costly to operate, said Dicks. Given that, it would be a waste of EADS’ money … Continue reading

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