Airbus: jobs and cost cutting

Airbus has hit the news this week with a series of stories about jobs and cost-cutting. September 9: International Herald Tribune: No job cuts, just more US$ purchases. Reuters: From Tunisia, with love. Business Week: Airbus seeks new… Read More

Week 1, Boeing-IAM strike

For the duration of the IAM strike against Boeing, we’ll divide updates into weeks (Week 1, Week 2, etc.). Any special, breaking news will be its own posting. The Weekly updates probably will consist of linking significant news… Read More

Tanker countdown-maybe

First it was mid-August, then late August and now it’s supposed to be this week. Pardon our skepticism if the US Department of Defense slips yet again on issuing the Final RFP for KC-X program. We’ll update this… Read More

Breaking News: IAM-Boeing strike is on!

From the IAM website, 3:45pm PDT Sept. 5: The Strike Is On! Brothers and sisters: The strike will commence at one minute after midnight tonight. This Company disrespected the process, bargained illegally and most of all, disrespected the… Read More

Countdown to Midnight for Boeing, IAM

Update, 11:50 AM PDT Sept. 5: Innovation Analysis Group has a 15 minute podcast with Jon Ostrower of Flightblogger. Ostrower is on-site at Everett and Renton and talks about what amounts to an “in-plant strike” by the IAM…. Read More

What’s next at Boeing?

If the IAM didn’t have enough reason before to be concerned about out-sourcing, here’s another: Mitsubishi just announced it’s entered a deal with Boeing for its support in building the MRJ regional jet. The so-called Japanese Heavy is… Read More

Morning after IAM Strike Vote/with updates

Update, 9:30 AM PDT Sept. 5: Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times just posted this insightful story on negotiations. Gates paints a dramatic picture of events leading up to the decision to suspend the strike for 48 hours… Read More

Boeing: IAM votes to strike

Sept 3, 645PM PDT: We are at IAM HQ watching the vote count. By eyeball only, things look discouraging for Boeing. Update, 7:30PM PDT: No vote tallies posted but eyeballing stacks continues to suggest it’s discouraging for Boeing…. Read More

Tanker update, 9/3

DOD Buzz has this interesting report on the prospect of a split buy for the tanker competition. AFP, the European news agency, reports DOD/USAF officials are worried another tanker protest will be filed, no matter who wins Round… Read More

Big Week for Boeing

Update, 10:30 AM PDT, Sept. 3: IAM members are voting today. There is a last-minute flurry of activity by Boeing, IAM and the media. KIRO Radio news: Boeing machinists voting. KIRO Radio News: To broadcast the vote results… Read More