AFA seeks to represent the needs and concerns of every company in the industry, regardless of size. We are committed to pursuing the issues that are important to you both in the legislature and through the initiative process.
Competitive Business Climate – As competition for high-wage aerospace jobs increases both nationally and internationally, Washington must promote tax structures, environmental policy and reforms for our state’s workers compensation and unemployment insurance that encourage the growth and long-term stability for the industry.
Tax Incentives - Extend tax incentives for every aerospace company in the state to encourage job growth and build on our industry’s latest successes.
Human Health Based Water Quality Standards (Fish Consumption) – Promote water quality standards that protect public health, and encourage economic growth and regulatory certainty with wise discretionary policy choices. Establishing water quality standards based solely on the fish consumption rates that are not representative of most Washington citizens will lead to unattainable water quality standards. These standards will discourage aerospace companies from expanding jobs in the region.
Transportation - Stay committed to funding transportation infrastructure. Pursue both state and regional legislation and funding to accomplish this goal.
Training and Education – Establish curriculum and develop skills at our universities, community and technical colleges and our training facilities that are driven by the current needs in the aerospace industry. Ensure access statewide to short-term, customizable training that is coordinated and not duplicative. Ensure workers are trained in the latest technologies as aerospace begins utilizing advanced materials for manufacturing.
Workers Compensation - Workers Compensation costs should reflect efforts to reduce workplace injuries, assist injured workers in receiving fast and appropriate medical care, and include efforts to return the injured worker back to full and appropriate employment.
Unemployment Insurance – The Unemployment Insurance System in Washington is among the healthiest in the country, providing comprehensive benefits while maintaining a strong trust fund balance. Washington should continue to reform the UI system to ensure that employers do not see a sharp spike in taxes, while also maintaining current benefit calculations to ensure that the trust fund balance is not negatively impacted.
Certifications and Requirements - Simplify the complex certification and requirements process while ensuring more affordable fees.
Healthcare - Find a solution for the high cost of health care in Washington, both through the state and federal government.
Company Specific Lobbying Services – AFA has the unique ability to lobby the State Legislature on behalf on individual companies to address issues that only they may be struggling with. Recently, AFA passed legislation for member companies like Aviation Technical Services, Kenmore Air, and Greenpoint Technologies, resulting in increased business opportunities, profitability and job growth.
If there is an issue that affects you that we haven’t mentioned, please let us know. Send an email to email@example.com.
Senator John Braun makes remarks after receiving AFA Legislator of the Year award.
WATR Center provides certificated aerospace training programs.
Speaker of the House, Frank Chopp, received AFA's highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rep. JT Wilcox (center) receives AFA Legislator of the Year award.
Mr. Morimoto, President of Mitsubishi Aircraft America, receives AFA's Company of the Year Award, presented by Bill McSherry, VP Boeing.
Rep. Marko Liias (right) receives the AFA Legislator of the Year award from previous award winner, Rep. Larry Springer.
Buttons remind us of the importance of STEM education and other crucial training needed to fill the aerospace pipeline.