It’s a cloudy day in Seattle. On the road leaving the airport, one of Boeing’s plants stretches out next to the highway, just before the cranes of the port.
I am in Seattle to speak to Women of Washington, a nonprofit women’s group focusing on public policy issues, on why America isn’t creating jobs and what to do about it. Read More
With an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, South Carolina is in dire economic straits, and therefore in desperate need of the 1,000 jobs created by the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston.
Unfortunately, in April the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board decided that Boeing’s decision to open the Charleston plant was an unlawful retaliation against the company’s unionized workforce in Washington State.
Boeing’s decision to relocate some Read More
NLRB spokeswoman Nancy Cleeland is not helping the NLRB decision to sue Boeing for building a new factory in South Carolina look any smarter. Cleeland told The Street today: Read More
America has a 9 percent national unemployment rate. Americans’ top concerns are jobs, jobs and jobs. So it strains belief that the unconfirmed acting general counsel of an obscure regulatory agency wants to stop Boeing Aircraft Co. from using its newly built aircraft manufacturing plant in South Carolina.
But it’s happening.
The National Labor Relations Board’s main mission is to settle disputes between employers and labor unions. Read More
Michael Luttig, Boeing’s executive vice president and general counsel, happens to be a former federal judge who was on the White House short list for a Supreme Court appointment under President George W. Bush, so it’s difficult to dismiss him as merely a self-interested corporate pleader. Read More
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said a “workmanship issue” and not poor design led to a hole ripping open in a Southwest Airlines plane. Federal investigators reported that when Boeing built the plane 15 years ago, holes drilled in the fuselage were too big for the rivets and improperly lined up, eventually causing metal fatigue. Boeing’s current manufacturing is also under investigation because Japan Airlines found metal filings in fuel tanks of a new Boeing 767. Read More
So the Obama administration is now telling companies where they can build their factories. That’s the takeaway from the National Labor Relation Board’s action challenging Boeing’s ongoing plans to set up a plant in North Charleston, South Caroline, to build the 787 Dreamliner. Read More
When Boeing was caught red-handed in 2003 cheating on its bid for a lucrative Air Force deal, you might have expected the federal government to punish the giant defense contractor to send a message that such dishonest behavior is not tolerated. Read More
I've got no dog in the fight over the $35 billion contract Boeing just won, over EADS, to provide a flying gas station (other than my persistent skepticism about [a] the need for any given military program and [b] the absence of cronyism from the decision-making process, especially in this case). But I do want to point out that Boeing is pretty lobbied-up (I may be the only one who uses that expression, but it's a good one). Read More
President Obama at his speech in Schenectady, NY paused to reflect on the financial reforms he signed into law to “protect consumers” and “put an end to taxpayer bailouts.” While he might have stopped taxpayer bailouts, he has no problem with putting taxpayer money on the line in the form of taxpayer funded or guaranteed loans to private companies. Read More