File #: 2010-0185    Version: 1
Type: Motion Status: Passed
File created: 3/15/2010 In control: Committee of the Whole
On agenda: Final action: 3/29/2010
Enactment date: Enactment #: 13194
Title: A MOTION urging the United States Department of Defense to select the Boeing Company to build the next midair refueling tanker.
Sponsors: Jane Hague, Larry Phillips, Reagan Dunn, Julia Patterson, Pete von Reichbauer, Bob Ferguson
Indexes: Boeing, United States
Attachments: 1. 13194.pdf
Staff: Wagner, Nick
Clerk 03/11/2010
A MOTION urging the United States Department of Defense to select the Boeing Company to build the next midair refueling tanker.
      WHEREAS, the United States Department of Defense has begun the process to procure the Air Force's next midair refueling tanker, and
      WHEREAS, Boeing and Airbus are anticipated to be the competitors to build that tanker, and
      WHEREAS, that contract could be worth $35 billion, and
      WHEREAS, the United States economy is currently struggling through a recession of historic magnitude, and
      WHEREAS, unemployment nationally and in Washington remains around ten percent, and
      WHEREAS, United States taxpayers deserve the best tanker at the least cost, and
      WHEREAS, the Boeing Company has a history of producing successful tankers for the United States Air Force and other countries' air forces, and
      WHEREAS, Boeing can deliver a better aircraft more quickly to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen, and
      WHEREAS, Boeing will build its tankers in Everett, Washington, at a proven plant, with a highly skilled and dedicated regional workforce that has a tradition of building the best airplanes in the world, and
      WHEREAS, the Seattle metropolitan statistical area has the highest concentration of aerospace jobs in the world, and
      WHEREAS, Seattle and the Puget Sound region is home to the vast majority of Boeing's more than 75,000 workers, and
      WHEREAS, each job at Boeing supports nearly three additional jobs, and
      WHEREAS, aerospace workers earn an average of more than $50,000 a year, which is sixty per cent higher than the average for all private sector industries, and
      WHEREAS, most aerospace companies are relatively small businesses, many with five to fifty employees, and
      WHEREAS, approximately $5.4 billion is paid in annual wages to aerospace workers, which is five percent of all wages paid in the state, and
      WHEREAS, the metropolitan King County council values these jobs and the people who hold them, and will make it a priority to ensure Washington and the Puget Sound region remains the best place to design, build and market commercial airplanes, and
      WHEREAS, our national security interests are not served by sending this valuable and strategic program overseas, and
      WHEREAS, Airbus has a majority of its workers in Europe, and by its own admission would only do the finishing work for a tanker in the United States, which is as little as five percent, and
      WHEREAS, awarding the contract to Boeing can create or retain 40,000 to 50,000 American jobs at a time in history when we desperately need them, and
      WHEREAS, United States taxpayers are not served by buying tankers from both Boeing and Airbus in this competition;
      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED by the Council of King County:
      A.  The United States Department of Defense should select Boeing over Airbus to build the next midair refueling tanker.
      B.  The United States Department of Defense should not split the contract between the two competitors.
      C.  Copies of this motion should be immediately transmitted by the clerk of the council to the Boeing corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing Commercial Airplanes in
Seattle, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.