Working for America
As America’s largest manufacturer, Boeing sells spacecraft and aircraft all over the world. With 90 percent of Boeing’s workforce in the U.S., those products are made right here in America, by American workers.
Boeing supports millions of American jobs at all education and skill levels. However, foreign competitors — who are not playing by the rules — are threatening these jobs. As other countries are making more and more products that used to be made in America, manufacturing jobs are moving overseas.
Boeing creates the kinds of jobs everyday American families rely on. Those jobs are worth defending, and we need your support.
Creating a 21st Century Workforce
The manufacturing jobs of the 21st century will be high-skilled jobs making high-tech products in America — products like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and F/A-18 Super Hornet. These jobs provide good salaries to Americans.
Watch U.S. Fly understands creating a high-skilled workforce requires significant investment in our schools and communities. Boeing has a long record of supporting new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculums and programs in the U.S.
In fact, 53 percent of Boeing’s charitable investments have gone to STEM programs across the country. American workers can’t fill the jobs of tomorrow if they aren’t taught the skills to do those jobs, which is why access to STEM education is vital for American students.
Thousands of innovators at Boeing have been taught the technical skills their jobs require outside of a traditional college education setting. Boeing is committed to ensuring hardworking Americans also have access to STEM education so they can successfully perform the manufacturing jobs of the future.
The U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank helps American exporters by leveling the playing field so they can compete — and win — against foreign competitors. But Ex-Im isn’t fully functional because Congress won’t give it the support it needs.
This puts America at an automatic disadvantage when competing in the global market. There are similar agencies in 85 other countries around the world, giving them a leg up for global sales. In fact, China used its agency to provide more export support than the rest of the world combined in 2016.
At least 95 percent of the world’s customers are outside the U.S. Our goal at Watch U.S. Fly is to advocate for a level playing field, which incentivizes companies to make goods here in America, and then sell those goods abroad. That’s what drives job growth and a strong economy.
America needs the U.S. Export-Import Bank so American workers can compete on a level playing field. When America competes fairly — we win.
Defending American Workers Against Illegal Foreign Trade
Competition is good for business. It drives performance and encourages innovation. In order to reap those benefits, however, competition must be fair and everyone must play by the rules. The best way to guarantee healthy competition continues in today’s international marketplace is to ensure everyone follows the law.
Today, American aerospace companies are at a huge disadvantage because foreign airplane makers like Canada’s Bombardier and Europe’s Airbus are intentionally skirting international trade laws — which will only end up hurting American workers.
Recently, Bombardier sold dozens of its Canadian-made jets to a U.S. airline for well below what they charge in Canada. This a classic case of “dumping,” which is illegal because it hurts workers in the receiving country — in this case U.S. airplane manufacturers.
To make matters worse, Bombardier was able to do this because of illegal government subsidies. The use of taxpayer money has also been declared illegal by international courts and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
This isn’t the first time this has happened either. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has been taking illegal government subsidies for 40 years.
In 2011, the World Trade Organization (WTO) declared European subsidies to Airbus illegal under international law. Then in 2016, the WTO ruled again that European governments were illegally giving subsidies to Airbus.
These foreign taxpayer handouts hurt American companies’ ability to sell aircraft overseas, meaning fewer U.S. jobs.
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