Boeing hiring | Contract in Longview | Long road to pay parity

Thursday, May 19, 2022




► From the Seattle Times — Lifted by Boeing hiring blitz, WA outpaces nation in job growth — Washington’s job market is rebounding faster than it is across much of America, and is barely a thousand jobs short of its all-time high, according the latest state jobs report. One surprising case in point: Boeing, which spent much of the pandemic on life support, now seems to be on a hiring tear. The aerospace giant is hiring from 50 to 80 machinists and an additional 25 to 40 engineers, technical workers and interns every week, according to IAM District 751 and SPEEA, the two major unions representing Boeing workers. Most of the machinist hires are new, as Boeing has already called back most of its laid off workers, a machinists union spokesperson said.

► From Report Door — Boeing needs a stronger vision to bounce back from crisis (by Erin Clark) — In recent weeks the heads of Ryanair, Emirates Airlines, leasing companies Avolon and Air Lease Corporation have all openly called for a change in the company’s performance, its culture, strategy or even leadership. Michael O’Leary of Ryanair this week said CEO David Calhoun was “running out of time.”

► From MSN — U.S. reports: China plane crash likely intentional — Flight data indicates a China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed in March was intentionally put into a nose-dive, according to U.S. media reports.




► From the Northwest Labor Press — Longview newspaper ratifies first union contract — Journalists at the daily newspaper in Longview, Washington, secured a 2% wage increase in their first union contract with Lee Enterprises. The one-year contract was unanimously approved on March 24 by the Longview Newsguild, which represents eight journalists at The Daily News. It came after several months of bargaining that reached a standstill when the discussion turned to wage increases.

The Stand (May 18) — Tell McClatchy execs: Commit to equitable wages in our state

► From the NW Labor Press — Chinese crew freed from ship docked at Longview — Thanks to an international union federation—and an unusual intervention by the U.S. Coast Guard—12 Chinese crew members were able to leave a ship anchored at the Port of Longview and begin their journey home on May 14. The seafarers had been working seven days a week for 14 months aboard the bulk carrier Tai Honesty.

► From the Daily World — Elma High School to host apprenticeship signing event — The Elma High School Career and Technical Education Department is kicking off a program for the first time by offering apprenticeships in the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Elma will be the first school district in Grays Harbor County to implement the program, which has been in the works for the last eight years.




► From the Spokesman-Review — Inslee appoints former King County judge to head new agency investigating police-involved shootings — Roger Rogoff, former King County Superior Court judge, will lead the Office of the Independent Investigations. As part of a sweeping police reform legislative package passed in 2021, the new office was established by the Legislature as a limited-authority law enforcement agency within the Office of the Governor that will conduct unbiased investigations of police use of force. It’s the first agency of its kind in the country.




► From The Hill — Conservative earthquake rocks Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little won the Republican Party’s nomination for a second term on Tuesday, easily outpacing a conservative challenger who had former President Trump’s support. But Little’s allies in the state legislature were far less fortunate, as a conservative wave fueled by anger at the outcome of the 2020 elections and Little’s own effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic crashed over what is already one of the most ruby-red states in America.




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► From the Washington Post — It took a revolution, but the U.S. women’s soccer team got what it deserved (by Sally Jenkins) — It took 25 years, strikes and work stoppages, and a rebellious, siege-like lawsuit — all to win simple, fair fiscal recognition of an unprecedentedly achieving women’s squad, winner of four World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals, which has blown the door open to a fresh worldwide audience that pours new dollars into old suit pockets. No more devaluing pittances of 38 cents on the dollar for women who win trophies while men make exponentially more for losing in the group stage.

► From CNBC — Target workers at a Virginia store withdraw union petition — Workers at a Target store in Christiansburg, Va., have withdrawn their request with federal labor regulators for a union election. The petition was filed last week with the NLRB by the independent Target Workers Unite. The group only said it planned to refile its petition.

► From the NY Times — ‘I had to go back’: Over 55, and not retired after all — After leaving the labor force in unusual numbers early in the pandemic, Americans approaching retirement age are back on the job at previous levels.


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