Machinists at Hytek reject contract, authorize strike

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KENT – A key Boeing Co. supplier now faces the prospect of a strike. Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 working for Hytek Finishes voted Saturday to reject a four-year contract offer and to authorize a strike. More than two-thirds of voters cast ballots both rejecting the contract and supporting action. The union has … Continue reading

Union pleased as IAM-Hytek talks get mediator

KENT — Management at Hytek Finishes has reversed its earlier opposition to asking federal mediators for help in resolving contentious contract talks with the Machinists Union. Union negotiators hailed the decision, which comes more than two months after managers at the Kent aerospace parts plant had rejected an offer from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation … Continue reading

Hytek management refuses offer of mediation

KENT — Management at Hytek Finishes has rejected an offer from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to help resolve increasingly contentious contract talks with the Machinists Union. The union’s chief negotiator said he was surprised and disappointed. “The IAM has continued to listen to Hytek concerns, no matter how far-fetched they are,” said Kevin … Continue reading

Union pickets in support of workers at Hytek Finishes

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KENT – Machinists Union members – many of them Boeing Co. employees – are picketing today in front of a company that provides aerospace parts. The union members have mounted an informational picket outside Hytek Finishes, at 8127 S. 216th St. in Kent. Close to 200 volunteers have signed up to man the pickets in … Continue reading

Union files NLRB charges against Hytek Finishes

KENT – Management at Hytek Finishes has violated the rights of its workers under federal labor law as they try to negotiate their first Machinists Union contract, the union alleges. Machinists Union District Lodge 751 has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the Esterline Corp. subsidiary. “We waited until … Continue reading

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