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No contract binds Boeing to local jobs (Wichita plant shutdown?)
The Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/23/11 | Molly McMillin

Posted on 11/23/2011 3:05:44 PM PST by Evil Slayer

Boeing seems “very serious” about its study on whether to shut down its Wichita plant, Sen. Jerry Moran said Tuesday.

“I think Boeing considers this a real option,” Moran said.

His comments followed Boeing’s announcement Monday that it was studying the future of its Wichita site, including whether to close the facility.

Elected officials from Kansas and Wichita, and union leaders reacted Tuesday by requesting meetings with Boeing officials to remind them of the promises they made to put jobs in Kansas should the company win an Air Force contract for aerial refueling tankers.

Gov. Sam Brownback said he and Kansas’ congressional delegation will “fight and fight hard” to keep Boeing in Wichita.

What the state can do, however, is unclear.

There’s no contractual agreement between Boeing and the state of Kansas that binds the company to the jobs, Brownback said.

Boeing’s competitor for the tanker contract, Airbus, aligned itself with the state of Alabama and other states, saying it would put work in those states if it won. Boeing, meanwhile, aligned itself with Kansas and the state of Washington and promised jobs there, Brownback said. Boeing was awarded the contract, worth about $35 billion, earlier this year.

“It’s ... the nature of how those (military) contracts are awarded and won,” Brownback said.

Brownback and other elected officials have requested a meeting with Boeing CEO Jim McNerney.

“We’re going to remind them of their obligations that they have made in seeing these tankers are built in Kansas and in Wichita,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita.

Boeing repeatedly said during the long fight over the contract that a win would mean 7,500 jobs for Kansas, including several hundred jobs at Boeing Wichita. The Congressional delegation pushed hard for Boeing on the tanker program, Brownback said. In fact, he said he doubts Boeing

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Technical; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: boeing; shutdown; wichita
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To: Evil Slayer

What gives with Wichita?

Has it become a detroit-like cesspool of unions lately?


21 posted on 11/30/2011 11:41:01 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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