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.”

Sen. Patty Murray, who has been a strong and outspoken proponent of Boeing’s tanker bid, will be at Friday’s rally in Everett to again express her support. She says that an estimated 11,000 jobs in Washington will be maintained or created if Boeing wins the contract to build the next generation of refueling tankers. But she also reminds all that more is at stake than just the Boeing jobs.

“A robust aerospace industry in Washington state affects our businesses, schools, communities and families,” Murray said.

Boeing is competing for the tanker contract with EADS, the Airbus parent company. Last week, the World Trade Organization ruled that EADS/Airbus received billions in illegal subsidies for every jet program it has launched since it entered the market 40 years ago, including the plane upon which it will base its tanker bid.

Another new entrant to the contest, Antonov, the state-owned Ukrainian plane builder recently joined forces with U.S. Aerospace Inc of California to possibly submit a bid. Read more about that here.

For more information about the rally on Friday, visit: http://www.wslc.org/reports/2010/July/02.htm#Tanker

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