Airlines: Boeing ignored pilot calls for a 737 Max fix
Boeing executives resisted urgent calls from American Airlines pilots to fix a software flaw in the 737 Max jet after the Lion Air crash last fall, said David Gelles and Natalie Kitroeff in The New York Times. The aircraft maker’s executives “didn’t want to rush a fix, and said they expected pilots to be able to handle problems.” Less than four months later, the malfunctioning anti-stall software played a role in an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. The pilots’ warnings were revealed in recordings uncovered this week by the Times.
Amazon: $10,000 to start a delivery business
Amazon said this week it would pay employees as much as $10,000 if they quit to form new companies to deliver Amazon packages, said Leslie Albrecht in MarketWatch.com. Workers who sign up “will also get discounts on Amazon-branded vans customized for delivery, branded uniforms, and comprehensive insurance.” The competition for faster delivery is heating up, and Amazon is now offering Prime members free one-day shipping on many items. A brochure says that deliverers who run 20 to 40 vans “can expect to bring in annual revenues of $1 million to $4.5 million, with profits of $75,000 to $300,000.”
Chemicals: Monsanto loses another cancer case
A California jury awarded more than $2 billion in damages this week to a couple who say the weed killer Roundup caused their cancer, said Patricia Cohen in The New York Times. Three juries have now concluded that Roundup’s developer, Monsanto, “failed to warn consumers of its flagship product’s dangers.” Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an interim review stating that the active ingredient in the herbicide is not a carcinogen. But the couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, “used Roundup on their Northern California property for decades,” and both have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto was bought by Bayer in 2018.
Trade: Trump holds off on auto tariffs
The Trump administration will likely delay its decision to impose high tariffs on cars and auto parts for an additional six months, said Kayla Tausche and Jacob Pramuk in CNBC.com. Facing a weekend deadline, President Trump has been “mulling whether to use a national security justification to slap tariffs as high as 25 percent on cars,” a rationale he already used to impose duties on steel and aluminum imports. But lawmakers from both parties have urged Trump not to move forward, and the European Union has already prepared a list of retaliatory tariffs.