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Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

Dec 30, 2013
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

Machinists Will Vote On Updated Boeing Contract After All

Dec 24, 2013
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Machinists who are on vacation will still get a chance to vote on a proposed contract with Boeing.

The production line at a Boeing facility.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with Clark University industrial relations professor Gary Chaison about the divide between national and local leaders of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

For many Boeing machinists the battle to land the 777X production line is deeply personal, and generational.

Boeing runs in the blood of many families, who have tied their fortunes to that of the company.  Andrea Simmonds’ family is like that. A grandfather of hers was a 747 pilot.  Now Odin, her husband, builds the 747. He’s a machinist, like his father Don before him, who once worked the 777 line.

Union members marched yesterday in support of taking a vote on the latest Boeing contract offer. Weakened unions have chipped away at the middle class in King County.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Machinists clashed with each other Wednesday at the union’s Everett hall asking that Boeing not require the union leadership’s endorsement in order to proceed with a vote.

About three dozen of them marched from Boeing’s main factory building to call attention to their demand for a vote on Boeing’s latest contract offer.

Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) is set to move to the southwest state by 2020.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Elizabeth Ford, visiting assistant professor at Seattle University's School of Law, about the strategies and laws behind the Boeing labor negotiations.

Machinist on Boeing Contract: Let Us Vote

Dec 16, 2013
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Marcie Sillman talks with machinist Paul Fritzler about why he wants union members to be able to vote on Boeing's most recent contract offer.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Washington State Office of Aerospace director Alex Pietsch about Boeing, the commercial airplane business and the ongoing effort to get the 777X built in the Puget Sound region.

Boeing, Bertha, And McGinn On McGinn

Dec 13, 2013
Two workers walk through the first rings of the tunnel toward Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine.
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It's been a busy week: Talks between Boeing and its machinists union to secure the 777X continue to be rocky. Bertha, the world's largest tunneling machine, ground to a halt 60 feel below downtown and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn looked back on four years in office. We talk over those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Boeing says its machinists have rejected the company’s “best and final” counterproposal.

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There’s a proposal on the table.

The Machinists Union says it has presented Boeing with a contract that could secure the 777X production line for the Puget Sound region.

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Boeing and the Machinists Union have resumed formal talks over the 777X — specifically how to keep production of the plane in Washington state.

The Bids Are In: What's Next In The 777X Saga?

Dec 11, 2013
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Ross Reynolds gets the latest from Wall Street Journal aerospace reporter Jon Ostrower about the states wooing Boeing for the 777X and its carbon fiber wings.

KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

When the 747 jet first took off from Boeing Field in 1969, drivers on Interstate 5 were awestruck.

“People were stopped,” said Barry Latter, a docent at the Museum of Flight and former Boeing engineer. “They’d parked their cars on the side of the freeway, and they were looking down at the airplane, saying something this big can’t fly.”

Washington is competing with more than a dozen other locations to build the next generation Boeing wide-body airliner.

Inside Everett's Boeing factory.
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Marcie Sillman discusses the states bidding for the Boeing 777x with the Daily Herald reporter Dan Catchpole.

Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) is set to move to the southwest state by 2020.
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Marcie Sillman talks with The Seattle Times' aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about Boeing's "must haves" and "would likes" from the cities vying for the 777x production site.

The president of the St. Louis machinists union tells his hometown newspaper that he's “prepared and ready to sit down with Boeing” to discuss moving 777X production to Missouri. 

The president of the machinists union in St. Louis says Boeing should build the 777X in Washington.

KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Marcie Sillman talks with Everett mayor Ray Stephanson about his efforts to bring Boeing and the machinist union back to the negotiation table.

Sound familiar? Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called a special session so lawmakers there can work on a plan to land Boeing's 777X assembly line.

Boeing handout.

Ross Reynolds and Steve Scher interview Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle and aviation reporter Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal about what their states are offering the Boeing company in exchange for the 777x.

The End Of The New Gilded Age?

Nov 22, 2013
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Sawant beats Conlin, Boeing machinists take stock of their situation, DC Democrats go nuclear and America remembers JFK:  We talk over these stories and more with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Washington lawmakers recently rushed into special session to pass $8.7 billion in aerospace tax breaks. The aim: to land Boeing’s next generation 777 airplane. But how much does Boeing – or any other major company in Washington - pay in taxes?

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Days after Boeing said it would look outside the Puget Sound area to build the 777X, the aerospace giant formally introduced the jetliner at the Dubai Airshow this weekend.

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Dubai Air Show kicked off this weekend, a chance with people in the aviation industry to see and be seen, and show off technology and usually to announce a lot of the sales. In the first three hours of the show, more than $150 billion in airplane orders were announced. And the biggest beneficiary was Boeing. The Seattle-based company said it had orders for more than 350 of its new passenger jets. There's still a question of where those aircraft will be built. NPR's Nathan Rott reports.

From Diamond Knot Alehouse's Facebook page

David Hyde spoke with Diamond Knot Alehouse lead server Chris Pugh about how his business could be affected if Boeing moves the 777X program to another state.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Bill Hennigan,  aerospace reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Andy Owens, managing editor of the South Carolina Business Journal, about bringing the 777x to South Carolina.

Boeing handout.

In the hours after Boeing machinists overwhelmingly voted down an eight-year contract, a theme emerged: The machinists view themselves as a family that could not vote for a contract that would hurt future generations.

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It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with KUOW's Steve Scher, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Joni Balter of the Seattle Times.

This week Boeing's machinists union voted against a proposed contract extension that came with a promise to build the new 777X in Washington state. Did they preserve the future of aerospace in Puget Sound or will Boeing's next move be to South Carolina or Southern California?

Challenger Kshama Sawant appears headed toward a victory over incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin after initially being several percentage points behind on election night. How will a socialist sit with City Hall? 

Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank marvels at the chutzpah of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

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