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Archives: June 2010

June
28th

Boeing machinists avert St. Louis strike

Nearly 60 percent of union machinists have voted to accept a new contract proposal from Boeing Co. at the aerospace company’s St. Louis plant.

The voting results, announced today, averted a strike by 2,500 workers.

The union rank-and-file vote goes against union leadership’s recommendation to reject the Boeing proposal. Union leaders had recommended the contract be rejected because it substitutes an enhanced 401K plan for the company’s regular pension plan for workers hired beginning in 2012.

The union and the company had differed on the medical plan the company offered, but Boeing enhanced that offering.

Boeing’s plants in the St.

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June
25th

Free expo at Clover Park Technical College

Looking for a new job weatherizing homes and other buildings against the elements?

A free expo being held on Wednesday at the Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood might be just the ticket.

Career experts will hold three sessions during the expo to help folks prepare for jobs in weatherization and other sustainable building fields. Separately, representatives from Pierce County agencies will explain how to apply for weatherization grants.

The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the technical college’s McGavick Student Center. The college is at 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest in Lakewood.

More information and directions are

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June
25th

State to get $1.9 million for on-the-job training

Washington will get $1.9 million in new on-the-job-training money from the federal government, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said Friday.

The money comes from a pot of $75 million in new federal job funds going to 42 states and three Native American tribes.

“Today’s grants will help dislocated workers across the country learn while they earn,” Solis said in a statement. “For most that will mean not just employment, but also the chance to receive training that allows them to upgrade their skills.”

The money is expected to go to employers who participate in on-the-job training projects. The grants

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June
25th

Alaska Air expanding Hawaii network

Alaska Airlines is expanding its network of routes to Hawaii again.

The SeaTac-based airlines announced today that it will inaugurate service between San Jose, Calif., and Lihue, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, on March 27, 2011, and between Oakland, Calif., and Lihue beginning March 28, 2011.

Fares for the new routes start at $179 each way for tickets purchased by July 9, 2010, and travel through May 17, 2011.

The new flights will complement the airline’s existing Hawaii service from San Jose and Oakland to Kahului, Maui, and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and new flights

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June
25th

Air China to buy 20 Boeing 737s

Air China today revealed orders for new Boeing airliners worth almost $1.4 billion at list prices.

The Chinese carrier said it had ordered 20 737-800s for delivery between 2013 and 2015. Boeing has offered “significant price concessions” on the order, the airline said.

Boeing builds 737s at its Renton plant. It recently announce that it intends to increase the manufacturing pace there to 35 planes a months from the present 31.5 per month.

June
25th

Bond-rating agencies look well on Tacoma Power

Two bond rating agencies have assigned improved ratings to Tacoma Power bonds, while all three of the major services have cited the utility’s stable financial position.
 
Fitch increased Tacoma Power’s rating from A+ to AA- on June 17, according to a release today from Tacoma Power. Fitch noted several reasons for the upgrade, including the utility’s improved financial position due to strong operating margins and the funding of capital expenditures from current revenues.

Tacoma Power’s energy supply is competitively priced, carbon-free and balanced between power purchase contracts with Bonneville Power Administration and owned hydroelectric generating units, the

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June
25th

Tacoma woos state 2012 GOP convention

Tacoma is trying to land the state Republican Party convention in 2012.

Downtown officials and businesspeople are putting together a pitch for party officials. Carmen McIntyre at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center said things are looking good.

Party officials have “been by several times for site planning and tours,” she said. The convention would bring about 3,000 people to Tacoma over a weekend in June.

Tacoma’s competition is Seattle and Bellevue, said Hotel Murano general manager Mark Van Cooney.
In addition, McIntyre said the convention center is slated to host Qi Revolution at the end of July,

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June
24th

Vietnam Airlines alters 787 order

Vietnam Airlines has switched its orders for Boeing 787 Dreamliners to a larger version than it originally ordered.

Flightglobal.com reported today that the airline has told Boeing it wants the larger 787-9 instead of the 787-8s it originally ordered in 2005. Boeing will deliver the first of the 787-8s late this year, but has yet to start building the 787-9. The 787-9 seats about 40 more passengers than the 787-8 and has a longer range.

The airline said the 787-8 no longer meets its needs because of range shortfalls. The airline has ordered eight of the aircraft and plans

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