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Business
5:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Did the Boeing engineers' strike of 2000 succeed in the long run?

SPEEA

When Boeing engineers and technicians walked off the job 13 years ago, they said it wasn’t just for more money. They wanted to improve the culture of the company and chart a new course for organized labor. Did they succeed?

At first blush, it looked like a resounding success. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA, had won a contract with everything they had asked for. Executive Director Charlie Bofferding was triumphant in an interview with KING 5.

“We’re interacting now based on power and respect, and that’s where we want to be,” Bofferding said.

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Business
5:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Boeing engineers' strike in 2000 casts shadow over current talks

Strikers march to Boeing headquarters
SPEEA

Boeing engineers and the company are supposed to meet with a federal mediator today – but union leaders say the two sides are still far apart. Looming over the negotiations is a memory that's 13 years old, but still fresh for many.

In early 2000, Boeing engineers and technicians did what nobody expected them to do – walk off the job and stay off.

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Boeing
1:37 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Boeing confirms 787 fire started in a battery; shares fall

The 787 Dreamliner in flight, from Edgar Turner's book, "The Birth of the 787 Dreamliner."
© Edgar Turner

Boeing is confirming that a fire on one of its new 787s appears to have started in a battery, as scrutiny of the problem increases.

Also Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board said it will send two more investigators to Boston to examine the Japan Airlines plane. The NTSB says the battery had "severe fire damage."

The fire happened on the ground Monday, with no passengers on board. But in-flight fires can be catastrophic, so the matter is getting close scrutiny by aviation authorities.

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Business
12:01 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Boeing likely back on top as #1 airplane maker

Boeing exceeded its 2012 delivery goals, partly by speeding production of the 787
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing appears to have reclaimed the crown from Airbus as the world’s top commercial airplane maker. 

Much of that stems from strong execution on the  787 Dreamliner, a plane that until recently was the butt of jokes for being three years late. Yair Reiner is an analyst with Oppenheimer & Co. in New York.

"For an industry that had grown really accustomed to having the 787 perpetually miss its targets, in 2012, it hit them," Reiner said.

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Boeing
2:51 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Boeing to resume buybacks, boosts dividends by 10 percent

AP

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing Co. says it will buy back $1.5 billion to $2 billion of its shares next year, and it is boosting its dividend.

Boeing says the buybacks and higher dividend are possible because it is generating cash and has a positive growth outlook.

Boeing shareholders have been waiting to benefit from its new 787 plane.

The share repurchases will use up the rest of the money authorized for that purpose by Boeing's board in 2007. Boeing also raised its dividend 10 percent, to 48.5 cents per share.

Business
7:29 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Picket training begins as SPEEA preps for a possible Boeing strike

Ashley Gross KPLU

Contract talks between Boeing and its engineers union are suspended till after the new year. But the union, SPEEA, is not standing still - they're training picket captains for a possible strike.

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Business
12:35 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Boeing wants a federal mediator to help with SPEEA talks

SPEEA members rejected an earlier contract offer from Boeing by 96 percent.
The Associated Press

After months of unsuccessful contract negotiations, Boeing says it wants a federal mediator to help resolve its contract dispute with SPEEA, the union that represents about 23,000 engineers and technicians in the Puget Sound region.

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Business
4:43 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Boeing engineers inch closer to a strike after 'disappointing' second contract offer

The union representing Boeing engineers is moving closer to a strike authorization. That’s because union leadership is frustrated with the aerospace giant’s second contract offer.

Boeing is now offering higher annual wage increases than its first proposal, which 96 percent of engineers and technicians rejected. But the increases are still lower than the current contract. That’s one reason the union – known as SPEEA – is disappointed.

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Business
3:48 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Washington companies hope U.S. passes Russian trade bill

Washington farmers could sell more food to Russia if the trade bill passes
mekiaries

Everyone from Boeing to fish processors and apple growers stands to benefit if the U.S. normalizes trade relations with Russia. That’s coming up for a vote Friday in the House of Representatives.

Russia joined the World Trade Organization in August and lowered a whole bunch of tariffs on things like airplanes and fish.

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Business
8:47 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Boeing touts outsourcing for suppliers

Boeing is encouraging its suppliers to attend a workshop next month to learn how to outsource business to Mexico.

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Diversions
1:53 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

How a Boeing worker invented computer graphics for movies

A screen grab from former-Seattleite Loren Carpenter's groundbreaking movie "Vol Libre."

In a blast from the past, the public radio show Bullseye dug up Seattle’s connection to the first video showing the genesis of computer-generated images or graphics in movies.

In 1980, Boeing employee and University of Washington graduate Loren Carpenter presented a two-minute computer generated movie call “Vol Libre” that almost immediately revolutionized moviemaking.

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Troubles in space
4:18 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Space is full of junk; Boeing files plan to fix that

This is a computer-generated image provided by the European Space Agency showing an artist’s impression of catalogued objects in low-Earth orbit viewed over the Equator. (Scale not to size)
The Associated Press

Here’s a solution for space junk – gas it.

A Boeing engineer from Seattle, Michael Dunn, has filed a patent for a method of dragging parts, pieces and defunct satellites into the atmosphere where they will burn up.

Geek speak: “… the method comprising hastening orbital decay of the debris by creating a transient gaseous cloud at an altitude of at least 100 km above Earth, the cloud having a density sufficient to slow the debris so the debris falls into Earth's atmosphere,” according to the document.

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Boeing union
10:19 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Boeing engineers union rejects contract offer 


Boeing's union of engineers and technical workers has rejected the aerospace giant's first contract offer in ballots tallied Monday night.

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Boeing Dreamliner
11:59 am
Mon October 1, 2012

First Boeing 787 on Seattle-Tokyo route lands at Sea-Tac

A Boeing 787 operated by All Nippon Airways taxis under a rainbow created by fire trucks at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

SEATAC, Wash. — Fire trucks spraying rainbows of water Monday morning greeted the first All Nippon Airways 787 to land in commercial service at Sea-Tac Airport.

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Business
11:19 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Boeing responds to fear that some retirees could lose medical coverage

Boeing’s proposal to SPEEA has language that suggests the company could drop coverage for people who have already retired.
The Associated Press

Some Boeing retirees fear they could be in danger of losing their medical coverage under a new contract the company has proposed to its engineers' union, SPEEA.

Update 9-26 – Boeing sent out the following response this morning by email: "Boeing has no plans to eliminate retiree medical benefits for current retirees. If we’d had the opportunity to discuss our proposal with the union, we could have clarified that we did not intend to change the status quo with respect to retiree medical benefits. Regrettably, SPEEA has chosen to sensationalize the issue and cause unnecessary concern."

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