Eastern Wash. Machinists set fundraising record

Machinists Union members in Eastern Washington have so far raised nearly $7,000 for Guide Dogs of America this year — a record amount.

As of the first of July, Machinists Union Local Lodges 86, 1123 and 1951 had raised $6,936 for the charity, with one more event still to be held that was expected to bring in hundreds of dollars more.

A report on the Eastern Washington lodges’ fundraising events is included in the current issue of the Eastern Washington Machinists News, which is now available online.

The Ranch & Homes stores in the Tri-Cities are major supporters of the Machinists Union’s Guide Dogs of America fundraisers in Eastern Washington. Members of Local 1951 set up a booth and sold raffle tickets at the company’s Kennewick store for three days this summer.

Along with selling tickets, union members also handed out information about the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers.

“We gave away a lot of union packets,” said Staff Assistant Ken Howard. “It was a good organizing tool that helped educate the public on the benefits of union membership.”

Also in the current Eastern Washington Machinists News, you can read:

  • How Jay Inslee, the Democratic candidate for Washington governor, vowed to keep our state from becoming another Wisconsin in a speech before the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council — Inslee has been endorsed by Machinists Union District Lodge 751;
  • A report on how officers from Local 1123 in Wentachee have been studying the changes in Washington’s workers compensation laws, so they can better help members;
  • A recap of how Local 86 Machinists from Spokane took part in the city’s annual Lilac Bloomsday Run, and
  • A look ahead at the upcoming Washington State Labor Council convention, which will be held in Wenatchee in August.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents some 32,000 working men and women at 48 employers across Washington, Oregon and California. District 751 is made up of a network of local lodges that includes 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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  1. [...] The union raised the money through voluntary payroll deductions and through community fundraisers that included a poker tournament, a golf tournament, a fun run, a car show, a drag-racing event, a horseshoes tournament, a motorcycle poker run and prize drawings. [...]

  2. [...] A year-end report on record fundraising for Guide Dogs of America accomplished by Machinists  in three Eastern Washington locals. [...]



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