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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Boeing said Thursday it has no further plans to negotiate with its Machinists after the union voted against a contract extension Boeing said was key to its decision to build the 777X in the Puget Sound region. Now the company said it is looking at other locations. It said it would continue to consider the Puget Sound region, but as part of a competition with other places.
Ross Reynolds talks with Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University, about how the Boeing machinist vote will affect the future of labor negotiations in Washington and across the country.
Ross Reynolds and Marcie Sillman tackle the complex issues around the machinists' rejection of the Boeing contract offer. First, they speak with Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, about the implications for labor here in Washington state. Then, Wall Street Journal's aerospace reporter Jon Ostrower explains just what resources are necessary to build a brand new airplane like the 777X in another state.