Aerospace

Aerospace

Will Alaska Airlines grow through acquisition or “organically”?

The nearly new 737-900 pushed back from the gate at Newark International Airport — on time — and soared into a late winter sky. The cabin came…

Tax breaks could be tied to higher pay for some aerospace workers

Labor liked the bill because it would boost wages for some workers.  Small aerospace firms said it would kill their tax breaks. But the key…

Legislative panel wants closer look at impact of Boeing tax breaks

A Washington State House and Senate committee studying tax breaks has recommended that several Boeing-related tax exemptions be reviewed in five years to determine their…

Legislature is likely to try to measure how Boeing is using its tax breaks

There's likely to be a bill introduced in the 2015 Washington Legislature to measure the effectiveness of Boeing's Washington tax breaks. But setting up a…

Should Boeing’s tax breaks be dependent on their results?

An advisory committee recommends that performance targets be set for 11 existing Washington aerospace manufacturing tax breaks. The Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax…

Inslee pushes ahead on new pollution rules

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed fish consumption standards took one step closer to a likely legislative battle Tuesday. The Washington Department of Ecology unveiled its draft…

The puzzling state of Washington’s economy

There was a rerun of the 1998 romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail” on TV the other night.  In it, the Tom Hanks character talks about his…

Boeing and its older workers: The brewing confrontation

When the union representing Boeing technical workers and engineers filed age discrimination charges against the aerospace giant in July, the company called the action “a…

A beauty contest of political blunders

In wrapping up Civic Cocktail for the summer (it'll be back in the fall), host Joni Balter asked the media panel to pick the biggest…

Seattle hypocrisy: We talk idealism while catering to corporate bullies

Seattle always falls in love with bullies. Like Boeing, which threatens us like an abusive spouse over jobs and subsidies. And Starbucks, the scourge of…

How the Boeing deal makes tax reform harder

There are many problems with the state of Washington's recent pact with Boeing over the 777X assembly work. One of the most troubling, though, is…

Will we ever say “no” to Boeing?

The "win" of keeping Boeing's 777X project in-state was ugly, but a win nonetheless, and Gov. Jay Inslee and other lawmakers are breathing a sigh…

Boeing machinists say yes – barely

A smaller turnout voted 51-to-49 percent to approve the slightly revamped contract between Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local No.…

Bleeding Edge

Thomas Pynchon’s new novel “Bleeding Edge,” set in New York City between the 2000 tech crash and 9/11, gives us a rich surface of language,…

Boeing v. Machinists: Time for an Inslee-vention

When Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called the state legislature into special session last Monday, it removed any lingering doubt about how serious other states are…

Is Boeing a terrorist organization?

Rhetoric over the future of the 777X program flew to new heights when Seattle Socialist-elect Kshama Sawant said at a union rally that Boeing's threats…

New water standards may spare Boeing

Unless Washington goes with the most extreme option, water-quality targets based on fish consumption studies should spare Boeing any troubles in the next few years.…

Union workers rally in support of Boeing machinists

In a show of solidarity with Boeing aerospace machinists, about 150 workers from labor unions around the Puget Sound rallied in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park…

Good-bye, Boeing?

The headlines are scary: Machinists reject contract. Boeing shopping the 777X to other sites. 777X engineering to be done outside Puget Sound. Boeing to transfer engineering…

Future uncertain: Boeing union rejects contract changes

On Wednesday night Boeing's Machinists union decisively rejected contract changes which would have guaranteed that the assembly of its planned 777X airliner happened in the…

Memo to Washington: Boeing tax breaks only make us weaker

Lawmakers passed tax incentives totaling almost $9 billion to keep Boeing and its 777X related jobs in Washington state this weekend. The tone, throughout the…

Inslee signs Boeing tax break bill

One piece done, another to go. When Gov. Jay Inslee signed a $8.7 billion tax break bill for Boeing on Monday at the Museum of…

Legislature finishes assignment, drops another

The final score: Boeing tax breaks, 1; transportation package, 0. A bill to give Boeing $8.7 billion worth of tax incentives for the upcoming 777X…

Olympia’s Boeing unity is shattering

On Tuesday, everyone involved with Gov. Jay Inslee's push to get a Boeing tax-incentive bill and an accompanying transportation package passed in a few days…

Governor puts on press for Boeing package

Even as legislators start a special session called by Gov. Jay Inslee to win Boeing jobs, the lawmakers face the challenge of trying to act carefully…