Spokane Machinists ratify contract with Safeway

Machinists Union members who keep Safeway’s Spokane Distribution Center running have ratified a new five-year contract.

The top issue for the seven Safeway workers was winning improved pension contributions. The new contract does that, plus it keeps caps in place on future health and welfare benefit increases, the union said.

More information on the contract vote is available in the current issue of the Eastern Washington Machinists News newsletter, which is now available online.

Also in the current edition, you can read:

  • A report on U.S. Sen. Patty Murray’s recent visit to Triumph Composites in Spokane; Murray’s visit was part of an effort to better understand workforce development needs for Washington’s aerospace industry;
  • A story about recent training sessions for Machinists Union stewards in Richland, Spokane and Yakima;
  • A feature story about how union members statewide contributed $2,300 to help offset one union family’s costs of transporting their son back-and-forth from Spokane to Seattle for medical treatment;
  • Photos from this summer’s union solidarity picnics at Grand Coulee Dam and at Pexco in Union Gap.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at Boeing in Seattle; District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 28,000 workers at 45 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. It has a network of seven local lodges including Local 86 in Spokane, Local 1123 in Wenatchee and Local 1951 in Richland.

To contact a District 751 officer for information on how a union contract could help you, click here.

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