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Buffett-owned plant accepts workers’ right to unionize

KENT – An aerospace supply company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett has agreed to a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board in a case that accused company managers of repeated violations of federal labor law. As part of the settlement, the general manager of Protective Coatings Inc. in Kent will read aloud a letter … Continue reading

IAM 751 volunteers raise $246,000 for charity in 2016

LAS VEGAS — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 raised $246,000 for charity in 2016. IAM 751 President Jon Holden presented a check for that amount to Guide Dogs of America at the organization’s annual banquet, held Nov. 19 in Las Vegas. “Our union is committed to helping people improve their quality of life,” … Continue reading

Machinists make Halloween sweeter in White Center

WHITE CENTER — Machinists Union members who work in Everett played a big part in ensuring that children in the White Center neighborhood south of Seattle had a safe and happy Halloween. Led by union steward Paul Richards, Machinists who build Boeing Co. 777 jets at the company’s Everett plant collected nearly 550 pounds of … Continue reading

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Spokane-area Machinists improve pay and benefits

SPOKANE — Members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 86 working for three different Spokane-area employers have won significant wage increases in recent months, while maintaining health and retirement benefits. Machinists working at a fourth employer were able to add a 401(k) benefit as well. “Our members are hard-working and highly skilled specialists in high-demand fields,” … Continue reading

Machinists join Home Team to fight against hunger

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is teaming once again with Northwest Harvest and KING-TV to fight hunger in western Washington. The union is collecting non-perishable food items at all Puget Sound union halls as part of KING-TV’s annual Home Team Harvest food drive. Donations will be taken through Dec. 2. In addition, as … Continue reading

Fun deal: Machinists plan charity poker tournament

AUBURN — Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-C‘s fourth charity poker tournament promises to be a fun deal. The lodge’s next Guide Dogs of America Hold ‘Em Tournament will be Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn. Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. and the tournament will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Registration … Continue reading

Machinists raise $6,200 for charity at go-kart race

KENT — Machinists Union Local Lodge 751-F raised more than $6,200 for charity with its fourth-annual Karting Challenge at PGP Motorsports Park at Pacific Raceways. About 40 drivers took part in the two-hour go-kart marathon on Sept. 10. Starting positions were awarded based on the amount of pledges each driving team collected, and for the … Continue reading

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Machinists forge deal with plant’s potential owners

TUKWILA — Machinists Union members who work at the former Jorgensen Forge plant in Tukwila have ratified a proposed contract with their potential new employer. The vote is a key step forward as the potential new owners — CE Star Holdings – attempt to bring Jorgensen Forge out of bankruptcy, and it clears the way … Continue reading

IAM 751 candy drive to make Halloween sweeter

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 is once again teaming with the Salvation Army to make Halloween sweeter for the children of White Center. Union members are collecting candy for the Salvation Army’s annual Halloween party in White Center, which provides a safe alternative to trick-or-treating for children in that community. Donations of unopened, … Continue reading

Machinists endorse I-124 to protect hotel housekeepers

SEATTLE — Machinists Union District Lodge 751 thinks Seattle hotel housekeepers shouldn’t be subjected to regular sexual harassment or forced to work strenuous jobs without adequate health care coverage. The union’s District Council voted unanimously Sept. 13 to endorse Seattle city Initiative 124, which would extend union-negotiated protections against sexual harassment and inhumane workloads to … Continue reading

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