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Boeing Package
12:18 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Lawmakers: Boeing's Campaign Contributions Came After Incentives Vote

Gov. Jay Inslee sits with legislation he just signed to help keep production of Boeing's new 777 in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Some lawmakers say they didn't receive campaign contributions from Boeing until after voting on a tax break for the company.

Boeing's political committee had reported in records to the state Public Disclosure Commission that it gave the maximum donation of $900 to seven lawmakers a few days before the Legislature approved tax incentives valued at some $9 billion.

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Boeing Decision
4:35 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Shouting Machinists Disagree Over Whether To Vote on Boeing's Latest Offer

James White, a machinist of 17 years, says Boeing's latest offer is unacceptable.
Ashley Gross

Tempers are running high among Boeing machinists as the company evaluates potential sites to build the next 777 jet. That became evident at a small rally outside the machinists' union hall in Everett Wednesday. 

Machinists who want to push their union leaders to let them vote on the company's last contract offer organized the rally and said about 80 people would show up. But they only drew about 40. That group marched to the union hall from the company's Everett factory chanting "Give us a voice!" About  a dozen counter-protesters arrived, yelling, "We already voted!"

The rally turned into a shouting match, with the two sides arguing about things like whether a 401(k) is a good retirement plan. One shouted that he suspected voter fraud in the union's November vote over Boeing's labor proposal.

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Boeing Machinists
5:28 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Local Boeing Worker Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against Union

FILE - This May 17, 2011 file photo, shows a Boeing 737 iat the Boeing Co. assembly facility in Renton, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

A Boeing worker in Renton has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the machinists union.

Timothy Limestall says local leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers failed to provide enough information about Boeing’s contract extension offer that members voted on last month.

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Aerospace
10:38 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Wash. State Courts Airbus Amid Boeing Tension

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Bob Edme Associated Press

Even as they try desperately to hang on to Boeing Co., officials in Washington state have been courting the main competitor of the aerospace giant.

During the past several months, state officials have traveled to the U.S. headquarters of Airbus SAS in Virginia, moved to connect Airbus with Washington state suppliers, and signed a five-year confidentiality agreement with the company to allow further exploration of business opportunities, according to records obtained by The Associated Press under public disclosure laws.

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Boeing Decision
10:36 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Boeing Machinists Say They'll Ask NLRB To Help Force A Vote

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

Some Boeing machinists angry at their union leaders plan to ask for help from the National Labor Relations Board.

They’re upset that local leaders from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers turned down Boeing’s best and final offer without putting it to members for a vote. The offer would have secured assembly of the next 777 jet in Washington state along with the carbon-fiber wing fabrication. 

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Boeing Decision
10:35 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Schism In Machinists' Union Leaves Boeing Offer Up In The Air

Boeing machinists in Washington state are trying to figure out whether they'll have a chance to vote on an offer the company made Thursday that would guarantee production of the 777X wide-body jet in the Puget Sound region. 

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boeing decision
9:46 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Machinists Union Mulls Having Members Vote On Boeing Offer

In this artist's concept provided by The Boeing Co. is the 777-9X, the largest of the aerospace company's new family of 777X jetliners.
The Boeing Co.

A machinists union is mulling the logistics of having its members in the Puget Sound vote on a proposed contract from Boeing Co., even after local union leaders said they couldn't recommend it to their members.

International Association of Machinists spokesman Frank Larkin said the union has been hearing from hundreds of members demanding an opportunity to vote on the contract to secure work on the 777X airplane.

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Business
1:31 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Boeing to Reduce Research and Tech Jobs in Wash. State by as Many as 1,200

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Reed Saxon Associated Press

Boeing says its research and technology workforce in Washington state will probably shrink by as many as 1,200 jobs as the company shifts work to other states including Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina.

The news comes on a day when many people in Washington are waiting to hear whether Boeing will accept a preliminary contract proposal from the machinists’ union. The union is seeking to reach an agreement with the company that would guarantee production of the next 777 jet in the Puget Sound region, securing thousands of jobs.

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Boeing Decision
12:37 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Union Leaders: Machinists Make Labor Proposal to Boeing

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

The machinists’ union has presented a labor proposal to the Boeing Company, local union leaders said late Wednesday afternoon. 

The details of the proposal have not been released. The union made the announcement after an hours-long meeting with Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner and other company executives Wednesday, raising hopes that the two sides may strike an agreement to build the next 777 wide-body jet in the Puget Sound region.

“We tried to craft a proposal that would meet the needs of our members, while also ensuring the long-term success of the Boeing Co. in Washington state,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, in a statement. The union said it expects a response from Boeing by Thursday.

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Boeing Decision
12:12 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Wash. Congressional Delegation to Boeing: Build 777X Here

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett
Ashley Gross KPLU

As time runs out for Washington state to make its case to Boeing that it should build its next 777 wide-body jet here, the state’s Congressional delegation is weighing in with a letter to the company’s top executives.

The lawmakers touted their support and advocacy for important issues to Boeing and their pro-aerospace voting record.

“We are the aerospace industry’s strongest allies and loudest advocates in Congress,” the letter said.

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boeing decision
11:39 am
Mon December 9, 2013

State Bids to Boeing Due Tuesday

File - In this Nov. 11, 2013 file photo Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, adjusts his glasses as he prepares to sign legislation in Seattle to help keep production of Boeing's new 777X in Washington.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Tuesday is the deadline is for states to submit their bids to Boeing in hopes of winning the 777X assembly line.

Washington is competing with more than a dozen other locations to build the next generation wide-body airliner. The competitors include Utah, California, Missouri and Alabama.  

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northwest wine
4:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Northwest Wine Grape Growers Brace for Cold Damage

Anna King

Northwest wine grape growers expect this week’s very cold weather to do some damage to their vineyards. But it’s not clear yet how much of next year’s fruit might be affected.

Deep cold on wine vines isn’t good, but several factors determine just how bad it is. There’s the cold itself, and how long it lasts. There’s the elevation, colder air tends to settle in lower valleys. Then, there’s the variety of grape—is it German-tough or less cold-hardy Mediterranean?

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boeing decision
10:49 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Pass $1.7 Billion in Incentives for Boeing

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Reed Saxon AP Photo

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to incentives for Boeing to assemble to a new passenger airplane in the St. Louis area.

The House voted 127-20-2 Friday for the legislation that authorizes as much as $1.7 billion of incentives over more than two decades for Boeing to produce the 777X jetliner. The legislation passed the Senate on Wednesday by a 23-8 vote.

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Job Creation
5:01 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Shipbuilders to Senators: Help Us Modernize Vessels, Create Jobs

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, toured Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

How do you create jobs in Seattle and Alaska? By building fishing boats here and hiring workers who might otherwise only get jobs in fast-food restaurants.

That’s the message from a roundtable gathered for U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, in Seattle Thursday.

The problem is access to capital, according to the panel of representatives of the shipbuilding industry that builds and supports fishing boats for Seattle’s fleet.

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11:30 am
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Louis Machinists President Changes Tune for Hometown Press

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

The president of the St. Louis machinists union now says he’s “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. The union chief’s comments Thursday come one day after he said the work should remain in Washington.

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