Machinists set date for charity motorcycle event

SEATTLE — The 13th annual Puppy Putt charity motorcycle ride will be July 11 at locations around Puget Sound. Riders will leave between 8 and 10 a.m. on that Saturday, from Sound Harley-Davidson, at 1612 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville, and Northwest Harley-Davidson, at 8000 Freedom Lane in Lacey. The separate groups will meet at … Continue reading

Spreading the Love: Union joins peanut butter drives

SEATTLE — Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 will compete this year to see which group can help ease hunger for the most people The union will take part in two annual peanut butter drives sponsored by the central labor councils in Pierce and Snohomish counties. The drives start this month, and will continue … Continue reading

Aerospace wage standards bill passes first vote

OLYMPIA — Substitute House Bill 1786, which would set a voluntary wage standard for aerospace companies that accept a share of the Washington’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax break, was approved by the House Labor Committee by a 4-3 vote on Feb 17. The bill was amended before the vote, to clarify that companies would have … Continue reading

Union gives 15,000 diapers for children at shelters

SEATTLE  – IAM 751 Machinists have donated 15,105 diapers and 2,900 baby wipes to two King County shelters that host women escaping from domestic violence. “We’re making a difference, one tushy at a time,” quipped Rob Curran, the chairman of the Machinists Volunteer Program at Machinists Union District Lodge 751. The MVP committee coordinated the … Continue reading

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Two-thirds of voters support tax break accountability

RENTON — New polling shows that more than two-thirds of likely Washington voters support tying tax breaks for aerospace companies to requirements for maintaining jobs and providing living wages. The findings show strong support for two pieces of legislation now being considered in Olympia that would add accountability to the $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference … Continue reading

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Machinists testify on wage standards for tax breaks

OLYMPIA – Paul Elliot works at the Boeing Co. now, but before he landed that job, he worked for an aerospace parts supplier in Kent, where he was paid $9.50 an hour to make parts for Boeing, Lockheed Martin and other aerospace giants. He was one of the lucky ones, he told members of the … Continue reading

Machinists at Boeing earn 3.1% incentive for 2014

SEATTLE  — Machinists Union members working for the Boeing Co. in Puget Sound will receive 3.1 percent incentive plan payouts under the Aerospace Machinists Performance Plan. The payments — which are equal to 3.1 percent of their gross pay, including overtime, for the 2014 measurement period — will be made on Feb. 19. The union … Continue reading

Union members proud to build next Air Force One

SEATTLE — Jon Holden, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, had the following statement after the U.S. Air Force announced it has decided on Boeing’s 747-8 to be the next generation of “Air Force One” presidential transports: “Machinists Union members, as well as our brothers and sisters in SPEEA, are proud that the … Continue reading

IAM 751 collecting diapers for children in shelters

SEATTLE — IAM 751 Machinists are collecting diapers to support women with young children while they’re living at two King County women’s shelters. The union will collect diapers – newborn through Size 5 – as well as pull-ups at all Machinists Union District Lodge 751 union halls in Puget Sound through Feb. 13. IAM 751’s local … Continue reading

Unions: Despite incentives, aerospace wages falling

SEATTLE — Nearly 38 percent of non-Boeing aerospace manufacturing workers in Washington are paid less than $15 an hour, according to a review of Washington State Department of Revenue data. The number of low-paid aerospace workers is climbing, the data shows, even as profits in the industry soar. This shows why the Washington Legislature needs to … Continue reading

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