Wroblewski: Quit picking fights & partner with us

Machinists Union members are committed to the success of Boeing and the other companies they work for, District 751 President Tom Wroblrewski says in his column in the February edition of the AeroMechanic newsletter, which is now available online.

But at the same time, he tells the Union’s critics, “we insist that you acknowledge that the opposite is also true: Boeing cannot be profitable without the contributions of our skilled and experienced members.”

He called on Boeing management to “quit picking fights with us” and instead do what most of the companies the union has contracts with do — join with their own workers to form a mutually beneficial partnership. “We are the fundamental operating engine of the Boeing Co. and we don’t deserve to be treated like a squeaky loose fanbelt,” Wroblewski said.

Elsewhere in this month’s AeroMechanic you’ll find:

  • A report on how a Union Business Rep won back pay that members working on the 787 at Boeing had coming after accepting temporary promotions;
  • A profile of District 751 members in Central Washington who run the state’s largest landfill in Roosevelt;
  • Highlights of a recent meeting with Washington legsislators in Olympia involving both District 751 leaders and top officials of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers;
  • A report on how District 751 is helping win federal job retraining benefits for workers facing layoffs from aerospace jobs — even when those workers aren’t union members;
  • Photos of Machinists volunteering for a wide range of community service projects, and taking part in Martin Luther King Day marches in Everett and Seattle.

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One Response to “Wroblewski: Quit picking fights & partner with us”
  1. Raoul says:

    Tom. When being bullied, the LAST thing you do is ask the bully to stop.

    They don’t understand fair, and they don’t play nice. Responding meekly only gets us more of the same. As much as we would like for things to be differnt, we face more of the same for the duration of this contract, and in negotiations for the next. The company had nailed it’s colors to the mast, and the sooner we buckle down and get tough the better.

    We can begin now with more active contract enforcement on the shop floor.

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