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Holden: TPP will devastate U.S. jobs, wages, rights

SEATTLE — The Trans Pacific Partnership will mean lower pay, fewer jobs and greater income inequality for America’s middle class, the president of Machinists Union District 751 said. “The United States cannot afford another trade agreement that replicates the mistakes of the past,” IAM 751 President Jon Holden said. “TPP will devastate jobs, wages and … Continue reading

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Machinists at Boeing earn 3% incentive pay for 2015

The 2015 payout for the Aerospace Machinists Performance Plan for IAM 751 members at the Boeing Co. is 3 percent. The incentive plan payments will be made on the Feb. 18 payday. The IAM-Boeing Joint Council met Monday, Feb. 8, where the final numbers for the 2015 performance period were reported on the AMPP. Representatives … Continue reading

Washington legislators bowed to Boeing: Unions

OLYMPIA — A majority of the Washington State House Finance Committee bowed to the Boeing Co. today by voting “no” on HB 2638, which would have tied Washington’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax incentives to jobs. The action denies the state’s House of Representatives a vote on the issue and leaves the aerospace giant free to … Continue reading

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IAM 751 Machinists reject offer from Cadence-Giddens

EVERETT — Machinists Union members who work at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett have overwhelmingly rejected the company’s proposed three-year contract. In voting Friday, 94 percent of the votes were cast to reject the contract, and 89 percent of the voters also voted to strike. Union negotiators said they would seek a new round of talks … Continue reading

Machinists wear red for heart health awareness

SEATTLE — IAM 751 officers and staff are wearing red clothing today as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of heart disease, particularly in women. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women,” said Grace Holland, the co-chairwoman of the Women’s Committee at Machinists Union District Lodge 751. “We need to do … Continue reading

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Machinists to vote Friday on Cadence-Giddens offer

EVERETT – Machinists Union members who work at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett are preparing to vote on their first union contract, after negotiators for the company presented the union with what they call their “best and final” contract offer. Voting will take place Friday at Machinists Union District Lodge 751’s Everett Union Hall. If union … Continue reading

Workers win settlement over retaliation case

AUBURN — Three workers who lost their jobs during a union organizing drive at an Auburn aerospace company have been reinstated and awarded cash settlements. The National Labor Relations Board approved the settlements last month in a case that started with complaints filed by Machinists Union District Lodge 751 against Imaginetics LLC. The union filed … Continue reading

Report: Union membership grows in Washington state

A half-million Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2015, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. The ranks of Washington state union members grew to 500,000, up from 491,000 in 2014, according to the BLS report. That 2-percent growth in union membership is good for the state’s economy, said … Continue reading

Machinists testify in support of tax accountability bill

OLYMPIA — Washington’s Legislature needs to act now to keep more aerospace industry jobs from leaving the state, Machinists Union District Lodge 751 officers told the House Finance Committee on Jan. 19. The Machinists urged lawmakers to pass House Bill 2638, which would require the Boeing Co. to keep specified numbers of jobs in the … Continue reading

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Holden: Legislature should act now to fix incentives

OLYMPIA — The president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 urged legislators to act now to hold companies accountable for the way they use the nation’s largest package of corporate tax incentives. “The intent of the original tax incentive language, which this union supported, was to maintain and grow good aerospace jobs,” said IAM 751 … Continue reading

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