Posts for category ‘Labor’

Master builders and local volunteers paint apartments for homeless teens
denisegl | November 10, 2010 | 3:44 pm

The Master Builders Care Foundation’s 7th Annual Painting a Better Tomorrow event attracted 11 MBA member companies to paint Friends of Youth apartment interiors in Snohomish and King Counties. AAA Kartak Glass & Closet and Wire Craft Electric joined more than 150 volunteers for the one day event. Team leaders Kevin Kartak and Josh Miller of Wire Craft, along with their teams participated in painting the complex. Since the inception of the MBA Painting a Better Tomorrow program in 2003, more than 1,200 home building industry volunteers have painted, done minor repairs and made improvements at 42 agencies in King and Snohomish counties.  In 2009 volunteers painted the Bellevue Boys and Girls Clubs.  A volunteer team from the club helped paint on Saturday. Read more »

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Boeing takes the brunt of The Onion’s humor
Steve | August 7, 2010 | 11:38 pm

Winding down a week of gloomy news of the first Boeing vendor to cancel 787 orders due to production delays, everyone needs a little humor to lighten things up. The farcical newspaper, The Onion published the following story on Friday.

Boeing Lays Off Only Guy Who Knows How To Keep Wings On Plane

CHICAGO—With the airline industry continuing to suffer under the ongoing recession, the Boeing Company was forced Monday to lay off Al Freedman, the only guy left at the corporation who knows how to keep wings from falling off planes. “We used to have a whole team of engineers who knew how to make the wings stay on, but those days are long gone,” Boeing CEO James McNerney, Jr. said. “We’ll make it work, though. The wings are not necessarily the most important part of the plane, anyway.” McNerney added that at least they were able to save the job of the guy who knows how to prevent jet engines from exploding.

read The Onion here:,17845

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Rally to support Boeing tanker jobs
Steve | July 5, 2010 | 6:34 pm

Senator Patty Murray

The Washington State Labor Council and the AFL-CIO is organizing a rally with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, July 9 in Everett at the Machinists 751 Hall, at 8729 Airport Road. Friday’s rally is intended to show community support for Boeing’s bid and for the positive economic impact it would have in our state and country. As WSLC President Rick Bender and other AFL-CIO state federation leaders from around the country pointed out in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, building the tankers “in America, with American workers, suppliers and materials will go a long way in protecting not only our economic recovery but it will also help maintain a domestic industrial base and will help protect our national security.” Read more »

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March for Justice with OneAmerica
Steve | January 13, 2010 | 11:31 pm

Unite. Organize. Act.

Unite. Organize. Act.

On January 15, OneAmerica is organizing a march to show our elected leaders how immigrant labor strengthens Washington’s economy and ask Rep. Rick Larsen to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Participants are asked to come dressed in your work clothes and bring something to represent your work; flowers, tools, etc. Be creative. Read more »

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Boeing’s 787 Second Line is Dancing South
Steve | October 28, 2009 | 8:03 pm
The second line is dancing down south. photo courtesy of Mardi Gras Digest

The second line is dancing down south. photo courtesy of Mardi Gras Digest

The second line decision. That is an issue that mystifies several industries, and Boeing’s top brass announced the much anticipated decision today, sending the 787 Dreamliner’s second assembly line to the South East.

“Establishing a 787 second line in Charleston will expand our production capability to meet the market demand for the airplane,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Locating the second line in Charleston is particularly attractive to Boeing management because Read more »

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