TCU stands with the IAM in loudly protesting the decision by the Air Force to bypass U.S. union manufacturer Boeing to award a $40 billion contract to European corporations Airbus and EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.). As the Machinists report, if Air Force officials were betting the outrage over the deal would die out quickly, they gambled wrong. A formal protest filed March 11 by the Boeing Co. will be considered by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to determine if the multi-billion contract was properly awarded. And, as one opponent put it, “It strains credulity to believe even the original EADS/Northrop Grumman job creation numbers and claims of 60 percent domestic content, could be true. To believe that the EADS/Northrop Grumman European Airbus tanker will create 48,000 American jobs is a fairy tale akin to the notion that NAFTA is a source of good paying U.S. manufacturing jobs.” Click here to read more and then click here to urge your representatives in Congress to overturn this decision.