Boeing http://kplu.org en How Changes To Role Of Export-Import Bank Could Affect Wash. State Businesses http://kplu.org/post/how-changes-role-export-import-bank-could-affect-wash-state-businesses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155885022&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state businesses are following with growing anxiety a debate in the other Washington over the future of the Export-Import Bank. Today, members of a Congressional committee are holding a hearing on whether the obscure federal agency amounts to corporate welfare.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17373 at http://kplu.org How Changes To Role Of Export-Import Bank Could Affect Wash. State Businesses How A Former Top Boeing Manager Set Aside Fears And Smashed The Glass Ceiling http://kplu.org/post/how-former-top-boeing-manager-set-aside-fears-and-smashed-glass-ceiling <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154815369&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Editor's Note:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/senior-thesis" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">“Senior Thesis”</a>&nbsp;is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.</em></p><p>Jaime Katzer showed up at the studio in her best business attire, excited but a little nervous. The University of Washington senior was here to meet a woman who from the outside appears fearless.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 17205 at http://kplu.org How A Former Top Boeing Manager Set Aside Fears And Smashed The Glass Ceiling Report: FAA Too Reliant On Boeing For Battery Test http://kplu.org/post/report-faa-too-reliant-boeing-battery-test <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A new report says the government failed to properly test the lithium-ion batteries on the Boeing 787 and relied too much on the company for technical expertise.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The National Transportation Safety Board Thursday criticized the process used by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the new jet in 2007. It also recommends that FAA look outside the aviation industry for independent technical expertise.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:05:39 +0000 The Associated Press 16772 at http://kplu.org Report: FAA Too Reliant On Boeing For Battery Test Longtime Union Organizer Says Machinists' Reform Push Is A Hopeful Sign For Labor http://kplu.org/post/longtime-union-organizer-says-machinists-reform-push-hopeful-sign-labor <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147624372&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:04:40 +0000 Ashley Gross 16379 at http://kplu.org Longtime Union Organizer Says Machinists' Reform Push Is A Hopeful Sign For Labor Boeing CEO: Moving Engineering Jobs Out Of Wash. Will 'Strengthen Our Company' http://kplu.org/post/boeing-ceo-moving-engineering-jobs-out-wash-will-strengthen-our-company <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146132600&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney says he understands that shifting engineering work away from Washington state may be controversial, but he says these moves “strengthen our company, strengthen our engineering capability.”</p><p>Over the past year, the Chicago-based aerospace giant has announced several transfers of engineering jobs that affect thousands of Puget Sound-area employees. Most recently, the company said earlier this month that it will <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-moves-1000-customer-support-jobs-out-wash-state-socal">move 1,000 engineering positions to southern California</a> as it makes that region the center of customer support for airplanes currently in service.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:47:47 +0000 Ashley Gross 16221 at http://kplu.org Boeing CEO: Moving Engineering Jobs Out Of Wash. Will 'Strengthen Our Company' Boeing Moves 1,000 Customer Support Jobs Out Of Wash. State To SoCal http://kplu.org/post/boeing-moves-1000-customer-support-jobs-out-wash-state-socal <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Boeing is moving about 1,000 of its customer support jobs out of Washington and into Southern California.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The company said Thursday that it is centralizing its customer support to its engineering design center in Southern California. It already employs 1,800 people at its Long Beach and Seal Beach sites there.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:45:50 +0000 The Associated Press & Ashley Gross 15890 at http://kplu.org Boeing Moves 1,000 Customer Support Jobs Out Of Wash. State To SoCal Boeing Inspecting About 40 Undelivered Dreamliners For Possible Wing Cracks http://kplu.org/post/boeing-inspecting-about-40-undelivered-dreamliners-possible-wing-cracks <p>Boeing says it is inspecting about 40 Dreamliners&nbsp;that may have hairline cracks in their wings. No planes in service are affected; the issue only affects some aircraft still in production.</p><p>Company spokesman Doug Alder says the wing manufacturer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, told Boeing that a change in their manufacturing process may have caused the cracks, which Alder says are very small.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:13:30 +0000 Ashley Gross 14562 at http://kplu.org Boeing Inspecting About 40 Undelivered Dreamliners For Possible Wing Cracks Boeing Shifts 26,000 Non-Union Workers In The Seattle Region Away From A Pension http://kplu.org/post/boeing-shifts-26000-non-union-workers-seattle-region-away-pension <p>Boeing plans to shift its non-union employees away from a defined benefit pension plan, including about 26,000 workers in the Puget Sound region.&nbsp;</p><p>In January, machinists here narrowly accepted a similar pension freeze to win the 777X production line. Now, Boeing’s including non-union employees in the retirement plan change because the company says its pension obligation is unsustainable.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:06:44 +0000 Ashley Gross 14499 at http://kplu.org Volkswagen Vote Won't Stop Machinists From Continuing Boeing South Carolina Effort http://kplu.org/post/volkswagen-vote-wont-stop-machinists-continuing-boeing-south-carolina-effort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The vote by Volkswagen workers in Tennessee to reject the United Auto Workers union has sent </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">shock waves</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> throughout the world of organized labor. And that setback is an example of why the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers faces an uphill battle organizing Boeing workers in South Carolina.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 13847 at http://kplu.org Volkswagen Vote Won't Stop Machinists From Continuing Boeing South Carolina Effort Aviation Buffs Get To Embrace Their Inner Nerd At Annual 'Geek Fest' http://kplu.org/post/aviation-buffs-get-embrace-their-inner-nerd-annual-geek-fest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re the kind of person who knows what the thrust on Boeing’s </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">747-8</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> engines is (66,500 pounds per engine), or if you spend hours snapping pictures at Paine Field in Everett, you can probably safely call yourself an aviation geek. And you can embrace your inner-nerd by attending the annual <a href="http://www.airlinereporter.com/2014/02/aviation-geek-fest-tickets-sale-wednesday-details-event/">Aviation Geek Fest</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But beware, tickets for this year’s event taking place this weekend sold out in under three minutes, faster than Seahawks playoff tickets. Benjamin Granucci, an <a href="http://www.landing-lights.com/">aviation blogger</a> from New York, was ready.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 13639 at http://kplu.org Aviation Buffs Get To Embrace Their Inner Nerd At Annual 'Geek Fest' Boeing CEO Says It’s Time To Rebuild Relationship With Machinists http://kplu.org/post/boeing-ceo-says-it-s-time-rebuild-relationship-machinists <p><em>(Corrects to clarify that the agreement the machinists passed phases out the pension over time &nbsp;and replaces it with a company-funded 401(k) retirement plan.)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boeing's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chief Executive Jim </span>McNerney<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he’s looking forward to the prospect of no strikes for the next decade by Washington state machinists.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McNerney</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told Wall Street analysts it made the most sense to build the next version of the 777 jet in the Puget Sound region, as long as the workers accepted the company’s contract extension offer.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/local-machinists-narrowly-approve-boeings-best-and-final-offer-777x-work">Machinists narrowly approved the deal </a>that preserves job security but phases out their pension and replaces it with a 401(k) retirement plan. McNerney says his deputy, Ray Conner, is now trying to improve morale in the wake of the vote.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:47:25 +0000 Ashley Gross 13014 at http://kplu.org Boeing CEO Says It’s Time To Rebuild Relationship With Machinists Reform Candidates Try To Dislodge Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union http://kplu.org/post/reform-candidates-try-dislodge-top-leaders-machinists-union <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The contentious Boeing contract extension offer that machinists narrowly passed earlier this month left many workers unhappy with their union leaders. This Saturday, they’ll have a chance to nominate new candidates for top positions in the union’s national headquarters.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the <a href="http://iamreform.org/" target="_blank">reform candidates</a> face an uphill battle in their effort to dislodge the top leaders. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers hasn’t had a contested election for its highest jobs in more than half a century.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12796 at http://kplu.org Reform Candidates Try To Dislodge Top Leaders Of The Machinists Union NLRB Once Again Caught In The Middle Of A Thorny Boeing-Machinists Dispute http://kplu.org/post/nlrb-once-again-caught-middle-thorny-boeing-machinists-dispute <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Labor Relations Board once again is being called into the middle of a thorny dispute between machinists and the Boeing Company. Could the agency find itself in as much political hot water this time as three years ago?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">2011 is the year the NLRB exploded onto the national consciousness, all because the agency’s general counsel filed a complaint against Boeing over its decision to build a </span>Dreamliner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plant in South Carolina. That drew heated responses from many political conservatives.</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 12694 at http://kplu.org NLRB Once Again Caught In The Middle Of A Thorny Boeing-Machinists Dispute Economist: 'We Owe 51 Percent Of The Boeing Machinists A Big Thank You' http://kplu.org/post/economist-we-owe-51-percent-boeing-machinists-big-thank-you <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regional economist Dick Conway says even though we have lots of big, vibrant companies in the Puget Sound area these days, our economy still rises and falls with the fortunes of one, a certain aerospace giant.</span></p><p>And that's why he says it's so critical that Boeing's&nbsp;777x jet will be built in Washington state after members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted narrowly to accept a contract extension. They agreed to cuts in hard-fought retirement and health benefits to preserve those jobs.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:31:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 12674 at http://kplu.org Economist: 'We Owe 51 Percent Of The Boeing Machinists A Big Thank You' Embattled Local Leader Of The Machinists Union Announces Resignation http://kplu.org/post/embattled-local-leader-machinists-union-announces-resignation <p>Citing health concerns and two hospital stays brought on by stress connected to the Boeing 777x contract extension proposal, the embattled local leader of the machinists' union says he'll resign at the end of the month.&nbsp;</p><p>Tom Wroblewski, 59, has been president of District Lodge 751 of the machinists' union since 2007. Prior to the post, he served as a grievance coordinator as well as a business representative for the union, with assignments throughout the Puget Sound region.&nbsp;</p><p>The experience of the 777X&nbsp;contract proposal "changed my perspective on work-life balance," Wroblewski said in a statement. "Your job should not destroy your health."</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:47:26 +0000 Ashley Gross 12594 at http://kplu.org Embattled Local Leader Of The Machinists Union Announces Resignation