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: 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

Machinists cheer 767 milestone, look to tankers

The completion and delivery of the 1,000th Boeing 767 is a major milestone in the history of aerospace, officers of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 said. “It’s huge,” said Local 751-A President Jason Redrup, who started his career at Boeing as a 767 structures mechanic. “There’s not a lot of airplane programs that can say … 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

Union asks Boeing CEO to pull out of conference

SEATTLE — Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle is calling on Boeing Co. Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney to cancel his company’s participation in a conference aimed at encouraging Washington state companies to relocate to Mexico. “Given that you are chairman of President Obama’s President’s Exports Council, we feel it is incredibly inappropriate for your company … Continue reading

Top aerospace workers give Boeing the edge

The skill and experience of the Boeing Co.’s workers are what gives the company the deciding edge in the competition to build aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force, executives said during a recent rally in Everett. Members of Washington’s Congressional delegation vowed to support those workers, to make sure that they end up … Continue reading

Congressmen rip Rossi over WTO position

Dino Rossi’s comments about whether the Pentagon should apply recent World Trade Organization rulings to the upcoming U.S. Air Force tanker bidding show he’s not ready to fill Patty Murray’s tennis shoes in the halls of Congress, members of the state’s Congressional delegation said Tuesday. “It’s either gross incompetence or gross negligence,” said U.S. Rep. … 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 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

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

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