Refueling specialists at JBLM ratify union contract

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — Machinists Union members who work as military refueling specialists at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have ratified a new three-year contract. The deal was approved with a 64-percent “yes” vote on Aug. 25. It covers 16 specialists who work at JBLM and the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center. Under terms of the agreement, … Continue reading

Jorgensen Forge workers vote to join IAM District 751

TUKWILA – Workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751. By a 3-to-2 margin, workers at Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Seattle voted to join the union on Aug. 7. The vote affects more than 100 hourly workers at the company’s plant on … Continue reading

Union charity horseshoes tournament raises $2,000

MAPLE VALLEY — The annual Shoes for Puppies horseshoes tournament raised more than $2,000 for charity. The event, which is sponsored by Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-E, was held Aug. 2 at the Red Dog Saloon. “The folks at the Red Dog were great to work with,” said Local 751-E President Ira Carterman. “Thanks to … Continue reading


IAM 751 president: Our members are Boeing’s best

SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, had the following reaction to news that the Boeing Co. plans to assemble 787-10s solely in South Carolina: “We are not surprised, but we are certainly disappointed. Our members have proven they are Boeing’s best chance for success for meeting production, quality and … Continue reading


Holden: McNerney remarks are ‘astounding and sad’

SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, issued the following statement to union members in response to Boeing Co. CEO Jim McNerney’s flippant remarks about “cowering employees” during the company’s second-quarter earnings call on July 23. “If anyone had wondered whether Boeing’s relationship with its own workers could come to … Continue reading

Eastern Wash. Machinists raise $5,725 for Guide Dogs

SPOKANE — Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 from across Eastern Washington raised $5,725 for charity with a recent prize drawing. “We’d like to think everyone who donated prizes for the drawing, especially Ranch & Home, which provided the $1,000 gift certificate that was our grand prize,” said Steve Warren, who is IAM 751’s business … Continue reading

White House honors union’s top community volunteers

SEATTLE — Six members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 have been honored with the White House‘s top award for volunteer service. Brenda Brammer, George Braun, Rob Curran, Tom Lindberg, Chris Louie and Hazel Powers were presented with gold-level President’s Volunteer Service Awards at the July 8 meeting of the IAM 751 District Council. The … Continue reading

Aluminum workers win raises, preserve benefits

MALAGA, Wash. — Machinists Union members and other union workers at Alcoa’s Wenatchee Works are working under a new five-year contract. About 350 aluminum smelter workers represented by the Wenatchee Aluminum Trades Council ratified the contract on June 6. The agreement was retroactive to May 16, which was when the previous agreement expired. The agreement provided: A ratification bonus of $1,000; … Continue reading

Union fun run raises $14,000 for Guide Dogs of America

EVERETT — More than 140 runners took part in Machinists Union District Lodge 751‘s annual Flight for Sight fun run, which generated more than $14,000 for Guide Dogs of America. The totals were just shy of last year’s all-time records. “We had a good group of runners and some great volunteers and sponsors,” said IAM 751 Women’s Committee … Continue reading

Machinists at NAS Whidbey plan charity golf tourney

OAK HARBOR — Machinists Union members who work at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will host their second charity golf tournament in August. The four-man scramble tournament will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Aug. 23 at the Navy Gallery Golf Course, 3065 N. Cowpens Road, Oak Harbor. The cost is $85 per … Continue reading


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