Aerospace Machinists raise $14,000 for charity at race

KENT – Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F’s second annual Karting Challenge raised more than $14,000 for charity. The event was held Sept. 6 at PGP Motorsports Park at Pacific Raceways. Twenty teams, each with as many as four drivers, raced for two hours on the 0.9 mile track, hitting speeds up to 50 mph. The … Continue reading

IAM 751 urges support for bank that creates jobs

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 continues to support the Export-Import Bank, the American agency that provides loan guarantees to foreign companies to help them buy American-made products — like Boeing jets. The Export-Import Bank is under attack by Tea Party extremists in Congress, who claim that the U.S. government has no business helping … Continue reading


Unions prepare aerospace tax break accountability act

OLYMPIA – Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and SPEEA continue working together on a plan to ensure that last year’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax incentive package actually grows Washington’s aerospace industry. The unions have hired legislative consultants who will help them draft what they’re calling the Aerospace Tax Incentive Accountability Act. They’re also setting up … Continue reading

Machinists’ salmon derby reels in $6,770 for charity

WESTPORT, Wash. — The annual Jimmy Darrah Memorial Salmon Derby raised $6,770 for charity. Some 75 participants took part in the July 26 event, which was sponsored by Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-C. The annual derby is held in memory of Jimmy Darrah, a former Local C president and IAM 751 business rep and grievance coordinator, … Continue reading

Access Personal Transit supervisors ratify contract

SEATTLE – Operations supervisors who oversee door-to-door transportation for King County Metro Transit’s Access Personal Transit have ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. The workers, who are employed by Solid Ground Transportation, voted unanimously Aug. 27 to accept the agreement. They are members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751. Under the terms of the … Continue reading

IAM 751 motorcycle event raises $3,500 for charity

SEATTLE – This summer’s annual Puppy Putt motorcycle ride raised close to $3,500 for charity. The annual ride, which was held July 12, is sponsored by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and is a fundraiser for Guide Dogs of America. About 40 riders took part. They left from either Sound Harley-Davidson in Marysville, or Northwest Harley-Davidson in … Continue reading

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


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