December 13, 2013: More Boeing trouble bubbles

Posted by mmcmullan on 12/13/2013

Good morning,

And welcome to a truncated Early Shift! We are really ready for the weekend, therefore we think, for the sake of brevity, we won’t keep you long. So … did you hear the latest news out of Boeing? The aerospace giant is planning on cutting about 1,500 research jobs from the sites in Washington and Southern California, reports the Associated Press, and adding 400 such positions to plants in Alabama and South Carolina. But, the company said, this doesn’t have anything to do with its contentious labor dispute up in the Seattle area.

We sure hope that's true. And we hope that dispute gets worked out, because Boeing needs that workforce. As Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul put it:

You don’t want a necessarily cheap worker, you want workers who are highly skilled, who have years of experience, and who can put a great plane together as they have over the last couple of decades for Boeing.

The Machinist union, meanwhile, just voted down a second contract offer from the company.

Elsewhere around the web:

Nice: Tennessee added 4,197 manufacturing jobs this year. This puts the Volunteer State above the national average, writes G. Chambers Williams III for the Tennessean. The state has experienced growth, thanks in part to expanded automaker operations and all of the supply chain jobs that come with it.

Unemployed find new careers in manufacturing. That’s the headline today in the North Jersey Record, where Linda Moss reports that unemployed workers receive new training through a 13-week, 300-hour program at Bergen Community College. Pretty solid, North Jersey.

Don’t worry, the economy is about to boom:

Get up! Get off the couch and finish your holiday shopping! But when you hit the bricks, try to Buy American. AAM President Scott Paul and Alex Bogusky from the Made Movement make the case for American-made gifts:

From athletic footwear to flatscreen TVs, there are companies manufacturing in America today. And while you may expect to pay a premium for American-made quality, you'd be surprised at how easily those on tight budgets can find gifts at competitive prices.

Read the whole thing here.

Because seriously, it’s gift-giving season, America. And while you’re out there doing your holiday shopping, whether in-person or online, your pals at AAM hope you keep your purchases Made in the U.S.A.

Why? AAM President Scott Paul said it thusly:

We consume too much from overseas, and we don’t produce enough here to make up the difference. That burdens us with debt and leaves us with fewer jobs. There is a solution and it may sound quaint, but it’s never been truer than it is today: Buy American.

Easier said than done? Not if we help you out! We’ve posted a list of 51 American-made gifts suggestions, one from every state (and the District of Columbia). Throughout the month of December we’ll continue providing you with ideas, tips, and tricks. So check out our Holiday page often, as we’ll update it frequently.

Have an American-made gift that you’re giving, or coveting? We want to hear about it. Tweet it to @KeepItMadeinUSA or email us: info [at] aamfg [dot] org.

TGIF, America!


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