January 2, 2014 |
SEATTLE - Waving angry signs and clenched fists, several hundred union members rallied Thursday afternoon for a vote against a contract that would cut their benefits but guarantee that Boeing Co. builds its latest wide-body jet in the Puget Sound area. "This is the fight of our lives," said local union leader Wilson Ferguson of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as the raucous crowd in the union's hall cheered. "This is the front line of the labor movement right now. Thank you for coming out and supporting us. " The machinists union, which represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington state, is planning to vote Friday on a contract aimed at keeping the aerospace giant's 777X project in the region.
December 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - California's congressional delegation has entered the fierce jockeying among states to land a Boeing Co. manufacturing plant. But even with the promise of jobs, it can be tough to unify the fractured group of lawmakers. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) gathered the signatures of most but not all of the state's 53 House members for a letter urging the Chicago-based aerospace company to choose Long Beach for production of its next-generation 777X airliner. The California lawmakers cited, among other things, the state's "rich history" of aerospace manufacturing and the existing assembly plant and workforce in Long Beach.
December 12, 2013 |
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced that it would reduce its workforce in Southern California by 200 to 300 people who are part of its research and development unit. The reductions, which will affect employees in the company's commercial, defense and space units, are set to begin during the first quarter of 2014 and expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Boeing has about 700 employees in the R&D unit spread across Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and El Segundo.
December 12, 2013 |
Boeing Co. said the machinists union in Washington has rejected a “best and final” contract proposal that would ensure the aerospace giant would build its next-generation 777X airliner in the state. The announcement came after the third day of meetings between Boeing and the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751. The talks were the first between the two sides since the union overwhelmingly voted to reject a eight-year contract extension last month.
December 10, 2013 |
California formally joined a nationwide sweepstakes to woo aerospace giant Boeing Co. to build the next-generation 777X airliner in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown's office of Business and Economic Development announced late Tuesday that it planned to submit a proposal to the company. Boeing has been searching for a site to build the twin-aisle jet ever since the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751 in Washington overwhelmingly voted to reject a contract last month.
December 9, 2013 |
MILL CREEK, Wash. - Shannon Ryker is a third-generation employee of aerospace giant Boeing Co. She followed her grandfather into the huge plant in nearby Everett. And her father. And her Uncle Bob. Her youngest sister worked at Boeing until she became pregnant. Both of Ryker's brothers-in-law and one of their dads work there. Her other sister's stepson has applied for a Boeing job. So it wasn't easy for the 37-year-old mechanic to sit down in her crowded apartment here on a recent Sunday and write to Boeing management about her growing disappointment.
November 18, 2013 |
Boeing Co. said it has signed a record-breaking number of customer orders and commitments for the 777X, the aerospace giant's new twin-aisle commercial jet. The deals were signed the day Boeing formally launched the program at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. At list price, the combined value of the agreements for 259 airplanes amounts in more than $95 billion, the company said. The announcement comes as Boeing officials search for a home for 777X assembly. Last week, a machinists union in Washington state rejected a deal that would have ensured the work would stay in the Seattle area.
November 18, 2013 |
A Boeing airliner crash was caught on video Sunday, showing the plane perpendicular as it crashed nose first into the ground. Fifty people -- 44 passengers and six crew members -- died as the plane exploded into a fireball. See the video above. The crash occurred Sunday evening in Kazan, Russia . The city is the capital of the Tatarstan republic, and as the Los Angeles Times' Sergei Loiko reported from Russia, among the dead was the son of the president of the republic.
November 17, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A Boeing 737 being operated by a regional airline crashed in gusty weather Sunday evening while attempting to land at the airport in Kazan in central Russia, killing all 50 people on board, authorities said. The Tatarstan Airlines flight from Moscow was carrying 44 passengers and six crew members when it crashed into the airport tarmac, caught fire and broke apart, according to Sergei Izvolsky, a spokesman for Rosaviatsia, a federal air transportation agency. The cause was not immediately known.
November 14, 2013 |
Boeing Co.'s sprawling aircraft assembly plant in Long Beach is in the running to build the aerospace giant's forthcoming 777X jetliner after a machinists union in Washington state rejected a deal that would have ensured the work would stay in the Seattle area. Once considered a long shot, Long Beach is one of several cities under active consideration by Boeing after the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted down a tentative labor agreement by a 2-to-1 margin late Wednesday.