Airbus, Boeing claim victory in today’s WTO ruling over Washington State tax breaks

Airbus claims “knockout blow.” Boeing claims “complete victory.” WTO Summary of findings and ruling. All the WTO documents are here. Opinion: No sanctions will be levied on Airbus or Boeing. Seattle Times on why nothing will happen with… Read More

Full Airbus, Boeing statements on WTO ruling

Nov. 28, 2016: Here are the full statements from Airbus and Boeing about the WTO ruling today finding Boeing received prohibited subsidies from Washington State for the 777X development:

Pontifications: Tax breaks in Washington State

Feb. 22, 2016, © Leeham Co.: A group of Democratic legislators in Washington State will introduce five bills aimed at repealing some tax breaks and also taking yet another run at holding Boeing’s feet to the fire by tying… Read More

Washington State: tie jobs-for-tax breaks like other states do

March 12, 2015: Legislators in Washington State are coming down to the wire on a proposed bill promoted by two key Boeing labor unions to tie job levels to tax breaks. Irrespective of party lines, this is a… Read More

EU files subsidy complaint over 777X WA State tax breaks; we raised issue at the time

The European Union has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over $8.7bn in tax breaks offered by Washington State to Boeing in exchange for locating the 777X assembly site and wing production plant in the state…. Read More

WA State continues to look Beyond Boeing to build aerospace industry

Washington State will continue to look “Beyond Boeing” while paying close attention to the giant aerospace company’s needs in order to further strengthen the state’s aerospace industry. The annual update to the Washington State Aerospace Industry Strategy focuses… Read More

IAM 751 head faces critics, appears to tamp down some dissent

The head of the IAM 751 union, Tom Wroblewski, faced tough questioning at the District’s regularly scheduled meeting last night and appears to have calmed at least some dissenters who were sharply critical of his actions in connection… Read More

Loyalty is a one-way street at Boeing

Boeing’s move to shop around the 777X assembly site, while telegraphed and certainly expected, is another example of the shifting loyalties at Boeing that have been more than a decade in the making. Before we start, it must… Read More

IAM 777X vote: the day after

The IAM 751 membership last night handed Boeing and the IAM International a major defeat, rejecting the proposed 777X contract with a 67% vote. What happened? This was the classic cluster-fuck* from the get-go. IAM International, for reasons… Read More

Airbus seeks to increase Washington State supply business; aims for 13 A350s/mo

It was the first time that Airbus specifically participated in an event in Washington State exclusively designed to mate the fierce rival to Boeing with suppliers in a meeting intended to increase business opportunities in Boeing’s back yard…. Read More